When Someone Flips You Off You Did It First

It’s an interesting phenomenon that when someone flips you off, you may be the one who did it first. This is because our brains are wired to respond to a slight before we even recognize it consciously. We might not realize that we’re responding negatively until after the fact, but our unconscious mind has already detected the sign of aggression and started preparing for a fight or flight response.

This automatic reaction is known as “mirroring”. When we see something negative, our brain immediately mirrors it back and shows us what we just saw. It works both ways; if someone smiles at us, our brain will mirror back a smile too. Mirroring allows us to better understand each other on an emotional level and helps us form stronger connections with others.

But it’s not just about understanding each other better. Mirroring can also be used to defuse a potentially hostile situation, by responding in kind and showing that we’re not here to fight. If someone flips you off, you can simply flip them back while keeping a calm demeanor. This may seem counterintuitive at first, but this response will let the person know that they won’t get an argument or any further aggression from you. At the same time, it lets them vent out their frustration without escalating the situation further.