Mirroring, the STO-STS circuit and the role of introspection

Some time back, a forum member mentioned they would like to hear more about how STS leader types mimic the traits of targets, particularly how these  maneuvers can effect a complete reversal between the consensus persona projected onto a target and that projected onto the STS leader type: the target is accused of many of the specific wrongdoings or shortcomings the STS leader has or has done, and the STS leader type walks around with the illusion of kindness, fairness, conscientiousness, the traits that many targets possess genuinely. The following is my understanding of this switcheroo, and the circuit that effects said switcheroo.

For anyone new to the topic,
the intimidation tactic called mirroring (or echoing) is where the actions and/or spoken words of a target are mimicked -mirrored back at the target. Mirroring is the copying of visible actions such as positioning, movement, and so on of a target, whereas echoing is the repeating of words or phrases a target speaks (though the term mirroring is often used for both).

Most of us can relate the the simple effectiveness of mirroring from the times we’ve been mimicked or have mimicked others, repeating everything they say with the intention to annoy. Even these rather innocent games can quickly become annoying and capable of elevating stress reactions. When taken to a larger scale, mirroring is a tactic that can effectively address one of the main agendas of organized stalking so long as a target is unaware of the mechanics, which is to destabilize and undermine the target’s basic reality testing. Reality testing is a continuous process of  compiling our view of the world; how our internal model and external experiences connect / match-up. When a person begins to doubt their ability to make reasonable models of the external world, this can cause a number of negative effects, such as lowered self-esteem, confusion, stress and depression, but overall, the result is increased isolation. Gaslighting is the term often used to describe any such attempt at inducing confusion in another person.

It’s impossible to tell what each person’s reaction will be to mirroring tactics, but it can be said that even the more unaware targets will sense mirroring as some kind of attack or ‘social correction’. For these people who have not experienced enough of these tactics to form an understanding, mirroring (or gaslighting in general) may appear to be just stronger versions of the social cues that many people are accustomed to taking as hints about “how people are supposed to behave”. If enough people tell the target the same set of messages about what they are doing wrong, and what they should be doing differently, the generally ethical (though unaware) person is likely to do their best to consider the criticisms and see if there is any truth. After all, they keep getting similar messages from many people, so there must be some truth to them somewhere, right? Not necessarily. If you’re experiencing a lot of wrong feeling interactions and keep trying to point the finger at yourself -your perception, etc, chances are your introspection is being used against you.

Polarities and Circuits

poles-and-circuitThe perpetrators are the real targets or resource, whereas the targeted individual and the leader types behind the perpetrators are like the poles in an electrical circuit.

Each of the three components completes the circuit. If any one piece is missing the circuit breaks down and the current, in this case a current of oppression, no longer flows. It’s up to the target to break the circuit: most of the perps don’t know there is a circuit and the STS handler/leaders don’t want it to stop.

The perpetrators, for the most part, are easily influenced and rely on social cues and indoctrination on a daily basis. They readily take in disinformation and indoctrinating perspectives from many sources, so it’s not very difficult to feed them specific ideas with very targeted effects. Whether through believed slander, malicious intent stoked by manufactured insults believed to have come from the target, or fear of attack if they do not take part in the harassment of a target, the bulk of perpetrators are largely unaware of the real games being played and how they’re being manipulated; as such they can rather aptly labeled puppets because they are animated by energy that comes from a source other than their own perception, critical analysis or introspection.

Breaking the Circuit

Technically speaking, the circuit can be broken if the perp puppets become aware of the manipulation, yet focusing on educating those who have become perpetrators of organized stalking is not the most effective way of breaking the circuit in the short term because if they were able to see the mechanics at this point they would be able to make more rational decisions // they would not have participated in the first place. In the long term, education of the public will make a difference in increasing awareness of everyone and so arm them with knowledge that will help them make better choices, yet all we can do is share what we know, everyone is not on the same schedule, as it were.

The STS Organizer/leader type can’t be taken out of the circuit directly, mainly because they don’t want it to stop -they are living off of the circuit. And fighting fire with fire does no good, it only feeds the circuit more negative energy. We all have negative emotional reactions to being treated badly, yet once one recognizes the psychological warfare tactics being used it’s much easier not to feed the circuit, to even channel negative responses to being treated badly toward other progress, toward a beneficial circuit.

The Target, as the most developed component of the circuit (the one who processes stuff from the negative pole and the perps’ collective yuck as well), is the only one who can effectively break the circuit when it tries to manifest. Of course the intent of stopping the circuit is something only the target has. STS leader types may send their messages and manipulate relatively less aware people into becoming perpetrators, but the target is the gatekeeper who determines whether the circuit continues or not. Don’t misunderstand, nefarious beings can still try to attack a target, but the real purpose and power for the STS leader type is in the number of Perp Puppets they can pool and control, so if a target does not make a good example of being fearful, wrathful, desperate, etc, they do not make a good positive pole, and so they are not a good material component for making a circuit.


Targets of gang stalking tend to have in common with each other capacities for great compassion and altruism, and tend to be quite introspective as well. How are these qualities connected? I believe that as an individual makes sense of the world and becomes more fully individuated, eventually it becomes clear that the most rational decisions are based on consideration of others needs in addition to their own. Whereas 2nd density critters (most animals) base their decisions primarily on survival of self, more developed beings are able to take in more information in the form of sensation and thought. It becomes more interesting and profitable to form groups with others. To do so, empathy must be developed, and along the way to true empathy is sympathy (I linked to the definition, as worth consideration in trying to understand the difference between those who become stalker-pawns and those who become targets; the difference between sympathy and empathy), sympathy itself being a type of mirroring.

When a person experiences gang stalking tactics like gaslighting and mirroring they begin to take in and process a lot of other peoples’ stuff. Being introspective people, willing and able to go that extra step in considering a larger perspective, as TIs, we’ve got our work cut out for us. I believe that one of the main tasks of a TI is to successfully sort through this cacophony of new input, which oftentimes comes down to being able to discern the source of emotions and thoughts as originating with the self or coming from some other source. Suddenly (or at some point when harassment comes to a boil), there is a lot of input that doesn’t clearly belong in either category, we’re confronted with various layers of social interaction that are rather murky as measured by our sensors up-to-that-point. Along the way it seems par-for-the-course that we sometimes try to own what isn’t ours; we try to shove something negative that is coming from outside us into the ‘originating with the self’ category. It goes without saying that another thing that happens a lot during this process is that we try to introject the negative traits of perpetrators into our own self image; that is, we’re open to seeing how we ourselves are not without some of the same flaws (even if to a much smaller degree). This sorting is not an easy task and there is no clear course through it except to trust in yourself and the process. As a greater interconnectedness between all people/things becomes apparent, so too does our individuality become more clearly defined from reactionary existence of the past.

From a more removed/hindsight perspective I can now see how this really looks like an electrical circuit, where the two poles are thresholds to yet other layers of development (one toward an STO path and the negative pole toward a more decidedly STS path), with most of the stalker-pawns as a medium through which the two poles interact and play a part in each other’s development at this stage.

more on The Circuit

The negative pole in the circuit is the STS leader/organizer type. In a great sense, these people are not much different from the ‘perp puppets’, just that they are at least somewhat more aware and become adept at applying psychological warfare tactics. Everyone experiences many of the same negative, nearly ambient influences, but individuals have different levels of awareness and resistance. The average perpetrator (stalker pawn) is responding to negative influences with the least amount of resistance; they have the least amount of insulation.

Decidedly STS types perceive moving up in the hierarchy to be greater freedom; it is exciting to know things that others don’t, and the power can become intoxicating. As things progress the negative indoctrination (from their handler or peers involved in stalking) sinks deeper, affecting their experience of reality in a negative way. They become even more receptive to manipulation in the form of messages about reality such as : it’s every person for themselves = there is no lateral movement, only kill or be killed. There are many degrees of awareness, but one thing is clear: the deeper into indoctrination an STS type goes, the more they see interaction as a battle they need to win in order to survive. As such, those STS types who have been around the block a few times begin to actively develop their own tactics for most effectively controlling those people they come in contact with. Overall, their polarity increases to such a degree that they become key players against positive beings of similar awareness.

Because the target is more aware of free-thinking-versus-indoctrination, they are much likelier to reject the indoctrination messages nudging the unaware and the more aware STS beings alike, because they see indoctrination for the manipulation of their perception that it is. It may seem that the very trait of being relatively less impressionable increases their polarity toward the positive side of the culture, and mechanically speaking, that’s true, yet it is the culmination of many lessons based on much experience that makes this kind of polarity stand out from the background signals.

As their polarities increase a charge develops between the negative and positive poles. When enough of a charge builds a cycling current is produced, which flows from the negative to the positive pole. One can only surmise how being the negative pole in a strong circuit may feel like, but I imagine it’s excitement over their new abilities to manipulate people to do (what they think is) their bidding. The more they listen to the “informative voice” the more their life seems to shape up and bring them what they want: a social position, recognition, and power within a group of others. The positive pole experiences an influx of negativity in myriad patterns, degrees and types. After all, some of the incoming bits are specific personal negative emotions from the messengers (stalker pawns), some are the darker intentions of the STS leader types (some intuited naturally by the target, some disclosed to the target intentionally to intimidate or falsely to distract), and some is the dark stuff of the collective unconscious.

Because a relatively more developed being uses introspection to make sense of the information they encounter, it can be all too easy to become overburdened with the sheer volume of input. The positive pole gets a whole lot of stuff that may take a while to be able to recognize and sort. Until a positive pole is able to understand the mechanics enough to step outside the circuit, there are all sorts of interesting things that occur from within the circuit, such as the negative pole mirroring the positive pole’s more STO stance.

The adoption of the target’s positive traits by the STS leader type is what I’ve called the switcheroo: where the target is seen as negative (dangerous, disgusting, etc), and the negative instigator is seen as a friendly source of good advice. Just how does the STS leader type manage to pull off this feat? On the most practical level, a lot of it is plain old character assassination, but in a larger systems perspective this involves research, entrapment, and debasement


Mirroring is a natural action used to fit into one’s environment and learn about becoming an individual with a distinct place within that environment. I don’t think that the negative pole is really all that aware of a larger perspective beyond what they see of those under them whom they are able to control. I think the negative pole, like anyone else, functions on what knowledge they have up to that point. And aside from their trying to understand the reins they’ve seemingly just stumbled across, I think whether they’re aware of it consciously or not, they know that the positive pole is more developed in some way than they are (they may take cues from the high quality of relationships targets tend to have and attempt to appropriate these qualities so as to better indoctrinate their followers), so quite naturally, they begin to mimic the person.


What’s more, by mirroring the ‘good’ qualities of a target stalker-pawns find it easier to enmesh themselves in the life of the target. Someone who is generally ethical and kindhearted, naturally, is more attracted to others who present themselves to be similar, their intentions seemingly altruistic. The research phase can make these presentations rather seamless until one knows what to look for or has enough evidence (actions speak louder than words).


Then, as the STS leader painstakingly finds every example of the target acting contrary to these ‘good’ qualities, the projection of Goodness is leeched from the target and appropriated by the stalkers. Of course this isn’t true in reality, the target does not become less kind or compassionate, but the consensus persona is affected thusly. By mirroring the target with multiple people, a strong feedback loop can be created. The STS leader type uses this feedback loop to interject disinformation into the consensus persona of the target. That is, the very concept/image of the target is taken apart and rebuilt to the STS leader’s liking. Once a solid feedback loop is set up, once the leader has shown what a hypocrite the target is, etc, all these steps create further distance between the projected/consensus persona of a target, and their truer, more-objective personality -the totality of an individual’s behavioral and emotional characteristics.

For example,

in my own experiences, along with the mirroring from ‘friends’, came certain messages criticizing my expectations that others should treat their fellow beings with what I saw as basic decency. Of course this is just an example of truth within layers of lies (which is a hallmark of run-ins between STO and STS beings). Naturally, growing through all this has indeed shown me that many people have no interest in being kind or compassionate (another part of the Sorting). But back to the topic at-hand, I think that oftentimes the STS/STO-switcheroo is fueled by STS leader types making a list of ‘good qualities’ that a target has, then finding every example that contradicts these qualities in action, and making an example of the discrepancy to their followers: “See, she’s not a compassionate person, listen to the way she’s bad-mouthing you“, the STS leader says while replaying surveillance recording of the target venting about the things going wrong around her/him, to a follower who has indeed acted maliciously and so probably deserves the bad-mouthing (completely beside the fact that such surveillance is criminal and anything overheard taken out of context). You get the idea, this is an example of the little ways that an STS leader type messes with the reality testing of the stalker-pawns, which encourages their susceptibility to indoctrination.

voila! Switcheroo

The greater the distance between these two personas (the target’s more-objective personality versus the persona that group of people project onto the target), the easier it is for the leader(s) to interject any old lie, accusation, slander about the target. The stalker-pawns are so caught up in the circuit at this point, in their own hive-mind way they are fucking thriving on an abundant source of what they crave most: authoritative instructions on what to think. In this truly inebriated state, they become less and less likely to notice or care about any discrepancy between what the handler tells them and their own perspective.

Differential Growth Manifests as Circuits of Scapegoating

As people become aware of the fields of control, they tend to develop into STS or STO types. Either way these relatively more developed beings are outgrowing their environment, and on their way to the next phase of development, play key roles in the ages old drama of “good versus evil” for the rest of the people who will also eventually outgrow their current environment too. These movers-and-shakers are the positive and negative poles in these scapegoating circuits; the target as STO-candidate, and the STS leader gathering power over whoever is willing to give up theirs. (more about the concepts of the two paths: STS and STO)


Does breaking the circuit for oneself as a TI, really, objectively break the circuit of oppression? No. Not the first TI to point this out, but when one enjoys periods of relative calm after much covert harassment, it’s easier to spot the tactics being acted out on others –it just moves, and changes focus from one person to another. Personally, I believe this is part of a much grander scheme of learning and growth, and as we cross some thresholds of development there are sometimes growing pains -the system/environment resists the individual’s escaping / moving-on. It’s just the nature of a relatively static world to maintain it’s boundaries when an inhabitant of it’s domain tries to stray outside the box. (see Mouravieff’s Gnosis series)