when we experience an emotion or perform an action, specific neurons fire
but when we observe someone else performing this action or we imagine it, many of the same neurons will fire again as if we were performing the action ourselves.
These empathy neurons connect us to other people allowing us to feel what others feel
and since these neurons respond to our imagination, we can experience emotional feed back from them as if it came from someone else
this system is what allows us to self reflect
the mirror neuron doesn’t know the difference between it and others
and is the reason why we are so dependent of social validation and why we want to fit in