“Mirroring” is using hyperlinks for the mind

Note last edited April 2021

Mirroring (Voss and Raz 2017): In a conversation, repeat the critical (often last) three words of what your conversation counterpart just said, to fuel the conversation.

I’m imagining this as clicking on a hyperlink in a conversation: the three critical words are highlighted, and to continue the conversation, click on (i.e., repeat) those three critical words.

Some games (e.g., Wasteland 2) use the hyperlinked-words-in-conversation approach to drive conversation.


Voss, Christopher, and Tahl Raz. 2017. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It. London: Random House Business.

“Keywords Conversation.” n.d. TV Tropes. Accessed January 20, 2021. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KeywordsConversation.

Note last edited April 2021.