Posted 17 October 2005 - 12:30 AM
From what I understand, copycat personality is when someone basically steals who you are and begins to transform themselves into the way you speak, the way you dress, the way you behave, and a multitude of other things.
Does anyone have information on this psychological behavior?
No sense makes sense.
Posted 17 October 2005 - 04:10 PM
The only thing that vaguely relates I can think of is the freudean take on identification where you dress, act similar in a particular social group to 'fit in', and I guess this could go to extremes. Sorry if this is no help at all, perhaps if you search realted topics with the film you may find something.
'Copycat' seems to get sites on copycat killings, and early child behaviour but nothing about this condition ??
Posted 17 October 2005 - 04:17 PM
I believe there was also a more severe noticable case in the move Don't Say a Word (2001).
[hide]in the movie the girl has been in an institution for many years and takes on the drug and cutter personalities of the people around her.[/hide]
I'm sure this could be a real psychiatric case in some people. Even some of the most absurd things when people think their body part is malfunctioning when it is perfectly fine can be called a disorder.
So there must be some type of name for this disorder.
No sense makes sense.
Posted 17 October 2005 - 06:00 PM
There are more limited symptoms of other conditions that result in the copying of speech and the meaningless repition of phrases (echolalia) and the same with certain movements (echopraxia), but I've never heard of a condition involving the adoption or copying of a complete persona.
Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:52 PM
Somewhat like conforming.. but noticing that the best way to conform is steal another's personality..
No sense makes sense.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:48 AM
Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:42 PM
I've encountered a few of these "copycat" or parasitic personalities through social media, and they remind me of certain individuals I've known in Elementary school and later on in life. Their typical MO is to attach themselves to someone they believe has advantageous qualities over them and try to emulate them. They don't seem to assimilate, process or internalize these qualities on their own, but merely adopt them by rote or artifice. At some point, they seem to confuse their own psychology with the object of their emulation and enter into a fiercely one-sided competition, often projecting their own deficiencies, insecurities and patterns on them. They can become quite argumentative, antagonistic and even hostile when confronted with their behavior, especially since they are astonishingly unaware of it.
Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:21 AM
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
I don't believe imitation is always a sign of insecurity; in some instances it can be but you've associated it with very negative connotations which is not always the case. Our formative years are a difficult time for most as we're discovering many new things about our personality and making sense of where we belong. We also become conscious about what behaviours, attitudes and physical attributes are socially preferable in different circles. It's not uncommon for children and young adults to have role models, whether they're positive or negative ones, adults or peers and attempt to imitate them in varies ways often unintentionally. This behaviour is much less common in adults not because we become 'better' people, but because we have different obstacles as we get older. They do not confuse their identity, as you say, but they try to make sense of it. Teenagers are full of doubt and struggle for social acceptance because it can be an isolating time being confronted with so many new physical and emotional changes. It's unfair to reprimand them because you're in a different psychological state to them.
Even as adults it's often difficult to find your position in social circles are there is an element of competitiveness, jealousy and the need for attention but there is certainly some degree of this offline too. It's not uncommon to befriend someone in the workplace for a competitive advantage or to be friends with respected and well liked people for credibility and acceptance. As sociable beings, we seek others approval and seek mutually advantageous relationships. Some may do this through imitation in order to be perceived as likable since we tend to favour relationships with those that are similar to ourselves.
Posted 16 April 2016 - 03:02 AM
Whether or not the core underlying motivation here is insecurity, those who can imitate others well and/or fit in better / accommodate any given circumstance tend to survive far better than those who do/can not.
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