Fri. Jul 31st, 2020

Law 44: 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 the Mirror Effect.

  • Gazing at our reflection in the mirror, we most often see what we want to see- the image of ourselves which we are most comfortable.
  • But if we look hard at the reflected image, we sometimes feel that we are seeing ourselves as others see us, as a person among other people, an object. That feeling makes us shudder.

Four Main Mirror Effects

  1. Neutralizing Effect
  • Do what your enemies do, following their actions as best you can, and they cannot see what you are up to — they are blinded by your mirror.
  • Neutralize their strategy by playing a game of mimicry with them.
  1. Narcissus Effect
  • You look deep into the souls of other people; fathom their innermost desires, their values, their tastes, their spirits and you reflect it back to them.
  1. Moral Effect
  • You teach others a lesson by giving them a taste of their own medicine.
  • You mirror what other people have done to you, and do so in a way that makes them realize you are doing to them exactly what they did to you.
  1. Hallucinatory Effect
  • Create a perfect copy of an object, a place, a person. The copy acts as a kind of dummy, people take it for the real thing, because it has the physical appearance of the real thing.

A Warning: Beware of Mirrored Situations

  • A situation that seems to reflect or closely resemble a previous one, mostly in style or surface appearance. You can often back into such a situation without fully understanding it.
  • Avoid such association-effects.

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