This is post number 5 in the April A to Z blog challenge. I've tried my best to stick to words that you might actually be able to use someday. This one in particular happens to me almost every single day!
E is for: Echopraxia
Echopraxia is a noun for the involuntary imitation of the actions of others. (Huh?) This can be pretty much anything, but the most popular example is yawning. Do you ever suddenly yawn after you see someone else doing it? My guess is you do. (And if you don't, what's your secret? The world wants to know.)
Echopraxia isn't really a disorder or anything, so don't worry if you yawn contagiously. It's more of a natural behavior. It is, however, commonly associated as a symptom for Tourette syndrome and schizophrenia. So . . . if exhibit echopractic behavior in the morning around people yawning, you probably have nothing to worry about. But if you yawn and then strike a conversation with the pink elephant standing next to you, you might need to see a doctor.