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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.