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Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.


Mirrors have the power to disturb us. Gazing at our reflection in a mirror, we most often see what we want to see - the image of ourselves, with which we are most comfortable. We tend not to look too closely, nor objectively. If we do look critically, we sometimes feel that we are seeing ourselves, as others see us, as a person among other people, an object rather than a subject.

When you have come to grips and are striving tohether with the enemy, and you realize that you can not advance, you "soak in" and become one with the enemy. You win by applying a suitable technique, while you are mutually entangled. . . You can win, often decisively, with the advantage of knowing how to "soak" into the enemy, whereas, were you to draw apart, you would lose the chance to win.
Myamoto Musashi

In using Mirror Effects, we symblically recreate this disturbing power, by mirroring the actions of other people, mimicking their movements to unsettle them. Made to feel mocked, cloned, object-like, an image without a soul, they get angry. Or, do the same thing slightly differtntly and they may feel disarmed - you have perfectly reflected their wishes and desires. The Mirror Effect contains great power, because it operates on the most primitive emotions.

There are four main Mirror effect in the realm of power:

The Purloined Letter
When I wish to find out how wise, or how stupid, or how good, or how wicked is any one; or what are his thoughts at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face, as accurately as possible, in accordance with the expression of his, and then wait to see what thoughts or sentiments arise in my mind or heart, as if to match or correspond with the expression.
Edgar Allen Poe

The Neutralizing Effect If you do what your opponents do, following their actions as best you can, they can not see what you are up to - they are blinded by your mirror. Their strategy for dealing with you depends on your reacting to them, in a way characteristic of you. Neutralize their strategy by mimicry. The tactic has a mocking, infuriating effect. Most of us remember the childhood experience of being teased, by the repitition of our exact words, repeatedly. Working more subtlly, you can unsettle your opponent this way.; shielding your strategy with the mirror, you set invisible traps, or push your opponent into the trap they set for you.

The Narcissus Effect All of us are profoundly in love with ourselves. The Narcissus Effect plays on this universal narcissism: you lookdeep into the souls of other people, understand their innermost desires, their values, their tastes, their spirit; and you reflect it back to them, making yourself into a mirror image. Your ability to mirror their psyche gives you great power over them. They may feel a tinge of love.

Imagin the shield of Perseus polished into a reflecting mirror. Medusa can not see you, only her own hideousness reflected back at her. behind such a mirror, you can deceive, mock, and infuriate. With one blow, you sever Medusa's unsuspecting head.

The Moral Effect With the Moral Effect, you teach others a lesson, by giving them a taste of their own medicine. You mirror what they have done to you and do so in a way that they realize you are doing to them exactly what they did to you. They will get the message that you feel their behavior has been unpleasant, without the need for your complaining, which may make them defensive. As they feel the result of their actions mirrored back at them, they realize profoundly how they hurt others with their behavior.

The Hallucinatory Effect Mirrors are tremendously deceptive, for they create a sense that you are looking at the real world. Actually, you are only staring at a piece of glass, which, as everyone knows, can not show the world exactly as it is: everything in a mirror is reversed. The Hallucinatory Effect comes from creating a perfect copy of an object, a place, or a person. This copy acts as a kind of marionette - people see it as the real thing, because it has a physical appearance of the real thing. This is the main technique of fraudsters, who strategically mimic the real world to deceive you. It also has applic ations in any arena which requires camouflage.

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