You may be right that it’s a big stretch to call these tools benign, but I’m not so sure. I think that it’s probably mostly harmless to mirror the stated beliefs of another — especially if you’re looking to use the established rapport to do something mutually beneficial. After all, isn’t that kind of what hostage negotiators do? Maybe that’s an extreme example, but you see what I mean.

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