The Mirroring Effect can be described in four different ways:
Neutralizing Effect. Mimic the actions of your opponents and they will be confused and blinded by your actions. They wouldn’t know what exactly your agenda is. This also gives you a time to plan for a new tactic to win over your enemy.
Hallucinatory Effect. Disguising as another person by mirroring his whole being (actions, attitude, appearance), can be really deceiving. The similarity of the fake and the real will give you the power to do whatever you like while people think you’re someone else.
Moral Effect. When people have done something that has hurt you, the best way to make them realize how much hurt they caused is to do the same thing to them. Give them a taste of their own medicine, and they’ll feel ashamed of their actions.
Narcissus Effect. A person will naturally be attracted to someone who is like him/her. If you reflect back to a person his/her qualities, it will make the person feel that you can connect with each other. Therefore, your reflection of someone else’s personality will bring you closer to the winning the person’s heart.
Marie Mancini, despite being the ugly duckling among her sisters, was the girl who captured the heart of King Louis XIV. She studied the king and exerted a lot of effort to be of the same interests as him. She reflected the king’s fantasies and passion for glory, making the king long for conversations with her. By mirroring the king, she was able to make him fall for her.
Undeniably, the power of the Mirror Effect can do many things. But you see, using the mirror effect will require a lot of effort. This includes getting to know your enemy, spying on them, knowing how your enemy’s mind works, and making sure you won’t get caught. Do you think all these efforts will be worth it?
And, are people that desperate that they’ll do anything, even deceive friends, for power?