Mirror Resonance Syndrome is a degenerative brain disorder associated with electrochemical imbalances within mirror-neuron networks. These are the structures that enable individuals to understand and interpret others’ intentions and emotions. Symptoms of mirror resonance syndrome (MRS) can be severe, vary widely, and usually include habitual aggression and violence.

Many people with MRS experience extreme emotional transference, which, paradoxically, can lead to black outs.

The syndrome is linked to a genetic variation present in less than 1% of the population.


Emotional hyper-reactivity over an extended period, including these progressively worsening symptoms:

1. Abnormally strong physiological and emotional reactions to physical or mental stimuli, including synesthesia and hallucinations

2. Subjective experience of being controlled, lacking autonomy, following a predetermined course, or reliving events (e.g., episodes of déjà vu lasting hours or days)

3. Persistent, immersive fantasies to the exclusion of reality

4. Depersonalization, loss of emotional vividness, motor-body disorientation, dissociative states, or extreme variability in self-image

5. Episodes of “brain blankness,” i.e. dreamlike fugue states and sleepwalking

6. Addiction to resonant-class narcotics [new criterion]

—Diagnostic Criteria for Mental Disorders,

Semiautonomous California Health Board,

Third (Revised) Edition