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Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate With The Mirror Effect

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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.

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Keys To Power

  • 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Example

In the image: Alcibiades

Alcibiades charmed the Athenians, got accused of profaning sacred statues and fled, then charmed the Spartans, impregnated the king’s wife and fled, then charmed the Persians and helped Athens win their war against Sparta. They welcomed him back with open arms.

“Wherever Alcibiades went, whoever he had to deal with, he would leave behind his own values and appear to share the values of his victims. No one could resist a man who not only concurred with them, but also admired their ways of living, seeming to be one of their own.”

You like people, who like you, who are like you. Match people’s energy, speak their language, eat their food, find common ground and even envious people will drop their preconceived notions about you.

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The 48 Laws of Power (1998) is a non-fiction book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States.

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