To be clear, these feelings and behaviors are nothing to be ashamed of, but putting a word to what they may signify can be helpful for managing them. That word is “echoism.”
What is echoism?
Echoists, or people who experience echoism, are… exactly what they sound like. “It’s a person who tends to mimic or reflect the feelings, opinions, or desires of others instead of expressing their own individual thoughts and emotions,” says Jamie Genatt, LCSW, psychotherapist and owner of Realistic Remedies.
Generally, they have difficulty engaging in behaviors that bring attention to their needs and differences. “An echoist is a person who struggles to express themselves, receive pra