The Doppelganger Effect from SIN_JONES's blog


"Simple stimulation of the brain can cause the mind to play complex and creepy tricks on itself, neurologists have discovered." Source



Well no shit.  [Shahar Arzy1,3, Margitta Seeck2,3, Stephanie Ortigue3,4, Laurent Spinelli2 & Olaf Blanke1,3]


Being aware in the moment of what you're doing vs. what you believe you're doing, is essentially the mindfuck:  Affect Doppelganger


It's like that moment when you look at a picture of yourself and think:  That's not me.  It sort of looks like me but I see myself a different way in my own head.


Your own brain is an actor.  Sometimes you (the impulses that are the essence of what you are) direct it but mostly its directing you.  If you've ever driven the same route every day for years, arrived at your destination but have no recollection of having driven it; you know what I mean.  


Your brain is off doing tasks, meanwhile you're driving a car and stopping at lights and stop signs and the fact that you arrived at your destination unscathed is a good indication that the actor was playing its parts.


Neurologists would classify some habit forming behaviors (such as driving) the pathway to a deeper awareness.  You don't have to consciously think about driving because the habit is ingrained in muscle memory.  So if your mind wanders off, you're not driving into on-coming traffic or falling subject to highway hypnosis.


Good/Bad Habits - Being a creature of habit creates this sort of alter you.  It can get to a point where the controls are no longer in your hands and you've become an automaton to habit programming.  The Good are considered a way to creativity (See: Dupree), while the Bad steps to self annihilation.  


The mind will even rationalize away obvious self-defeating habits.  It's the Doppleganger in the mirror telling you, you're in control... The worst part?  You believe it (See: The Trouble with Belief).  


I catch myself doing it all the time.  Like, reaching for a glass that isn't there on the night stand.  Habitually, I keep a glass of water there in the event I get thirsty during the night from the dry heat of the central air system.   Once in a while, there's a skip in programming.  I forgot to get the water but my brain remembers the reaching part so I'm snatching at nothing. It seems really absurd to me when it happens.  I know what's going on there and why I'm looking for an imaginary glass but it sure as shit doesn't stop me from the physical impulse to search for it in the dark.  





The mirror image of yourself, is the anthropomorphous comfort-zone.


“Whenever we initiate change, even a positive one, we activate fear in our emotional brain,..." 


Using Kaizen as a concept model:


“If the fear is big enough, the fight-or-flight response will go off and we’ll run from what we’re trying to do. The small steps in kaizen don’t set off fight or flight, but rather keep us in the thinking brain, where we have access to our creativity...”


“After the churn of confusion, the brain begins organizing the new input, ultimately creating new synaptic connections if the process is repeated enough.”



I can tell you from personal experience, I'm constantly wrestling with that thing, I get my ass kicked every once in a while but I'm winning far more battles than I did when I was younger.  


Social Media is full of this stuff.  I often wonder if people really believe their own bullshit.  Forums, blog-posts, etc. it's all imprinting patterns (habits).  After a while, you learn to pick up the algorithms of others.  If you're wise, you'll pay attention to your own.



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AnnaCzereda
Dec 27 '13
So this Doppelganger effect reminded me of the horror movie I watched some time ago, "The Attic". It's about a girl, Emma, stalked by another girl who looks exactly like her, only she's a bit creepy. This strange girl assaults Emma, attacks her frequently and eventually murders her brother. Emma is scared but tries to solve the mystery. She suspects her parents of dabbling in the occult and conjuring the demon. In the end she kills her parents. The police and the psychiatrist arrive and it turns out that she is simply insane, that the demon doesn't exist and it was she who murdered her brother. She simply projected outward her murderous fantasies. Emma kills herself, but later we see another family arriving to the house and the history starts repeating itself. So all in all, there was a grain of truth in Emma's insanity, she wasn't all that fucked up.

As for the Matrix, Deja vu is a sign of troubles. The hotel is turned into a trap, the wires are cut and the windows are bricked, there is no way to get out, they are attacked by the Agents, there is a fight, then they escape down some hole, then they fight again, then Morpheus is captured and so on and so forth. What is important is that the same black cat appearing twice is not Nemo's delusion but a sign/warning.

Sometimes people feel that something is going to happen or they feel someone's presence, though there is really nobody there. Some even swear their beloved ones who died are beside them, though invisible. Delusions? Maybe. But even if these are only delusions, they are still interesting, because they tell you something about your own mind.
So this Doppelganger effect reminded me of the horror movie I watched some time ago, "The Attic". It's about a girl, Emma, stalked by another girl who looks exactly like her, only she's a bi...See more
SIN_JONES
Dec 27 '13
Is this the movie? I found a few with that title. This one seems to be more in line with your description.
SIN_JONES
Dec 27 '13
The Folkloric use of Doppelganger is a manifestation of mental apparitions, that seem external.

1993, Doppelganger starring Drew Barrymore is the more absurd end of the scale.

The internal form is far worse, in my opinion.

The Folkloric use of Doppelganger is a manifestation of mental apparitions, that seem external.

1993, Doppelganger starring Drew Barrymore is the more absurd end of the scale.
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AnnaCzereda
Dec 27 '13
Yeah, this is the movie.
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