I happened to find an interesting post regarding Mirroring as used by Narcissists.
I’m sharing the link and some quotes from that post, because “most” people have never even heard of this very powerful Psychological Manipulation Technique.
I have referred to Mirroring in prior posts, as something done on purpose by a Narcissist. They will sit like you are sitting. They smile, when you smile. They will cross their legs, when you cross your legs. They will hold their arms and hands, in the same manner as you do. Mirroring allows the Narcissist to get inside the head of the Target and establish Fake Rapport. Once Rapport is established the Target will bring down their defences. Narcissists know this and are well versed in this tactic.
Cynthia Bailey-Rug also brings up another aspect to Mirroring, which Narcissists do use.
Mirroring is when a person pretends to share similar interests to you, or to feel & respond to things as you do, when the truth is they don’t share your interests, feelings or responses.
Mirroring interests is something that I had never touch on. Yes, yet another thing to watch for.
She also touched on something really interesting that I have only seen one time.
Some even try to mimic personality traits, like empathy. Since they have no empathy of their own, they watch how you display empathy, & then try to act like you in order to make you or others think they have empathy.
Most Narcissists could not be bothered faking Empathy for someone.
Narcissists use mirroring in order to lure new victims into a relationship with them or to patch ones they have damaged. The bonding that mirroring can form is a powerful tool, & narcissists know this all too well.
Cynthia is right on the mark with that remark. Mirroring is very powerful. I believe that Mirroring was first developed for Special Forces and Black Ops, for use during Interrogations and Conversions. Law Enforcement saw it’s value in Hostage Negotiations.
Since Narcissists are versed in Mirroring, you can bet that they know and will use other Psychological Manipulation Techniques.
It could be in your best interest, to steer well clear of them.
The more that you learn about Mirroring, the easier it will be for you to catch this Red Flag, when someone tries to Mirror you.