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Folk psychology knows and uses the concept of "being of the same mind" that often is supposed to explain why two people find themselves sympathic or like (or even love) each other.

"Being of the same mind" includes

  • beliefs and models
  • preferences, values, and interests
  • liking and disliking (of other things and persons)
  • behaviour.

It depends on the proper individual mix of similarities of minds that lets one find someone else sympathic, and sometimes it's the same mix that lets two people like each other. Note, that the proper mix may either be an enabling factor (a necessary condition), or a driver (a sufficient condition).

I wonder if there is a single scientific term for "being of the same (or similar) mind", and which role it plays in scientific psychology. (Maybe none because it's considered too unspecific a concept - or even undefinable.)

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    $\begingroup$ Can you please cite where you have seen reference to this "ticking (similarly)"? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Feb 10 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause: Could you suggest (to me as a non-native English speaker) some possible translations? (I'll try to figure out if they match.) Implications of the German phrase: sharing beliefs and world views, preferences, values, and interests, liking and disliking of other things and persons, behaviours. $\endgroup$ – Hans-Peter Stricker Feb 10 at 14:25
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    $\begingroup$ You might say that people click, go well together, are compatible. Though these may not imply similarity, necessarily. More idiomic phrases would include being cut from the same cloth, being like two peas in a pod, of the same mind, birds of a feather flock together. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Feb 10 at 14:34
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    $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause: I choose "being of the same mind" (as being the least idiomatic). $\endgroup$ – Hans-Peter Stricker Feb 10 at 14:51
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    $\begingroup$ The wording "Being of the same mind" is used in the Bible: "complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." (from BibleHub), which clearly means "sharing same beliefs." $\endgroup$ – Jan Feb 10 at 18:45

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