Notes on the Art of Seduction: Conclusions (2022)

Notes on the Art of Seduction: Conclusions (1)

Low Society Book Club has read the remaining chapters since the last installment of the techniques of seduction and came to some sad conclusions.

I am sad that we started repeating ourselves, and by we, I mean the author. We collectively decided that it was getting repetitive and it was time to accept that we have learned what we can learn here and move on in our literary endeavors. The chapters moving forward on seductive techniques after my last installment in the series tended to run together with the same manipulative concepts enumerated before. Feed people’s narcissism, play the coquette, investigate your target, manufacture dissonance, keep it vague and emotional, etc. It’s all so much work and it’s really something, on a romantic level, that is for the aristocratic upper crust who can afford the time. Understanding that leads one to also understand that The Art of Seduction isn’t about romance at all (though I hear that Greene is doing some marriage counseling), it’s about power and how to manipulate people. This is the natural playground of other forces: mass market media, consumer marketing and sales, influencer economics and culture, political partisans and propagandists. How this plays out in those areas is where the application of technique from this book is interesting.

I am sad that as much as I might seem sometimes to be shitting on him, Robert Greene is absolutely right about so much in this book. I can’t stress this enough, please don’t miss this. There is a massive amount of filler material (it’s over 800 pages long) between his actual observations and conclusions but that filler material is not unpleasant, and he draws from some really fantastic literary and biographical sources. The legendary and mythic illustrate parts of our consciousness on deep levels, regardless of their veracity, so I really don’t have a lot of serious concerns about drawing his observations about human behavior and nature from art, lit and bio rather than boring scientific studies. He uses these accounts and artistic examples to, I think, correctly identify deep psychological traits and tendencies throughout the work. He describes flaws and failings everyone has to some degree or another and he is not wrong about much at all even if some of his sources and conclusions are a bit of a reach and at times hilariously corny. I think that Greene’s observations and methods in influencing people through exploiting these inherent vulnerabilities is probably overall both accurate and demonstrably effective provided one has the time to set the stage and figure out what buttons to push.

(Video) THE ART OF SEDUCTION BY ROBERT GREENE | ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY

I am not sad that I read the book, as much as I may have complained about the colossal bulk of expositional material that bloated it to over 800 pages, saying mostly the same and even contradictory things about the same people over and over and over again. The Art of Seduction has really been a great learning experience for self reflection, identifying negative aspects of past behavior, or at least somewhat explaining what one may have been doing unconsciously when influencing or, yes, seducing others in our generally clueless and usually good-hearted lives. What he is teaching in this book is absolutely amoral, but it is also not objectively incorrect and thus I do not fault Robert Greene at all for writing it. I do not fault him for it because any and all knowledge is useful — what you do with it tests your character and principles provided one possesses such things. Thank you, Robert Greene. I have learned things.

I am pleased that we have two more closing details to share from the book to conclude our seductive studies, namely Appendix A & B: Seductive Time and Place, and How to Sell Anything to the Masses.

Seductive Time andPlace

Festivals. Facilitate or create an environment where people lower their social inhibitions. Easy if you’re talking about a concert festival or other bacchanalian event, but not everyone is into that kind of thing. Still, simulate a similar experience and you can open someone up to manipulation. This is course works interpersonally as evidenced by likely billions of people who have had sex before, during or after a festival type event. On a mass scale we have some interesting modern concerns.

Saturnalia. Mardi Gras. Other festival periods the world over in variation. The ritual loss of inhibition formed over time in human societies, where there are rules, forms that must be followed, social mores and expectations and a very human desire to be freed from them for a while. I believe we increasingly lack a shared culture in which these values are more organically understood, and the “id” has no routine shared experience to periodically be free of these healthy social constraints that make a functioning human society possible. The more atomized the culture and the more distant the culture is from its fundamental traditions, the easier it is to construct a synthetic form to express this outlet, preferably one in which the target audience can engage in the place of pleasure and validation, the free expression of the id, as often as possible. This is the quest of those that would take the culture into some kind of “safe” virtual world for the user to take residence in.

Already the people are like addicts to the pleasures this world, offered as an escape, losing themselves, consumed whilst consuming an endless controlled procession of pretty playthings and novel forms of self-improvement—That is where humanity is spiraling. The Metaverse will probably fail, but it is still getting humankind closer to promised hyperrealities inside the machine to allow the user to have Saturnalia all the time. The festival, where your guard is down, your inhibitions lost, vulnerable to seduction by savvy actors.

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Soft-Seduction: How to Sell Anything to theMasses

This is really where Robert Greene sums up how his work can be applied to mass media and marketing. This is an application we of course observed some time ago in past conversations about the book. I think Greene’s work either is being used, or could be used, as at least an inspiration in many of more or less sultry corners of mass media, including political movements and the influencer economy including the marketing and commodification of same.

Seduction is the ultimate form of power.

No small claim there, but I’ll allow it.

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Seduction is a powerful idea, to be sure. The knowledge and tools to resist it would seem to be more powerful still, but I think that Greene would disagree. He would say that rather seduction and allowing oneself to be seduced is what people do when they are at their best.

This section is about appealing to a mass of people, it has nothing to do with the content at all. Don’t inform, instead entertain and influence indirectly. Speak the people’s language and echo their sentiments. Appear as news, never as publicity. A rather cryptic statement, but it makes a sort of sense. Don’t look like you’re trying, get them talking about you. If people get the sense that you’re pushing yourself out there too hard you’ll come off as inauthentic.

Stir basic emotions. Basic emotions include anger/fear, covetousness or envy, the erotic, and all manner of combined permutations of these things. You know, good things we see everywhere we look all the time. It’s the most effective of ways to manipulate people. Appeal to their base emotions and drives. Create and exploit their sense of guilt. Make them a little horny.

Make the medium the message. Interesting, also fun as I write this on Medium. Form over content. A repeated mantra throughout some part of the book is to not waste time on real information. Image is always more powerful than word. Pay attention to pacing, connotation, innuendo, shock value, symbols, erotic potential. This is why memes and short videos are so popular and effective. It doesn’t matter if the underlying message is on the level, and it doesn’t matter if the numbers are correct. What matters is the image and the influence it has. Only idiots are obsessed with numbers, numbers are a poor way to inform people who aren’t piled high and deep in theory and hip to all the fancy jargon. Numbers are only useful if they can be used in such a way as to evoke a visceral reaction in a simple and elegant way without bogging your audience down with details and nuance.

Speak the target’s language — be chummy. Ever notice the way Donald Trump hangs on to the podium? What comes out of his mouth has absolutely nothing to do with his charm. He will just babble incoherently but the way he hangs on to the podium, one or the other arm slung over one side like he’s sharing a secret with the audience, the other a bit cocked like he’s ready to share the world with you right here, right now. If you can create that chummy just-like-you feeling you can say any kind of dumb shit you want and people will believe every single thing you say if you do it with confidence. It’s the image, the delivery, the meandering punchline, sometimes just the hint of a punchline. It doesn’t matter. You’re a chameleon, you speak and act as they do and that’s enough to win their hearts.

Start a chain reaction — Everyone is doing it. As stated many times, everyone covets what everyone seems to want. The competitive drive to achieve the hunted prize. If everyone wants it, there must be something to it. Spread your image. Keep it simple but evocative. Logos are great, people love logos and special symbols and as we’ve observed many times, people like to see themselves as special. Put a bumper sticker on your car to show you’re part of the club. See my logo? We hold like values like all the good people do. Look at all of my merchandise, I bought it for the privilege of advertising for the club. My virtue is plain for all to see in symbols on my clothing and by the pithy bullshit on the bumper of my Chevy/Hummer/Prius. One of us. One of us.

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Tell people who they are. Be the voice of the people. Change people’s identity, change their reality. Tell people what’s going on, paint an unflattering picture of who they are and what they will and must become, then tell them what they need to do to be who they really are. Create a total environment to validate their new reality. Don’t think that’s real, right now on this here internet? Really? The algorithm of myth and legend would beg to disagree: the machine is always studying you, it never sleeps, and it is very patient. You don’t even need to know who you are anymore, it knows you very very well indeed and is pleased to show you who you are.

A terrifying thought, given what we’ve learned here.

THAT IS IT for The Art of Seduction, it has been a surprisingly revealing and interesting time. I’ll be continuing series like these over time as well as other reviews, commentary and poetics on this page, though I’m considering relocating it elsewhere, I haven’t decided. Regardless of where I publish things, I will remain completely free of any and all monetization, including all of my live streaming when I can be bothered to do it.

You can always catch me on Twitter, and you can sometimes catch me on Twitch listening to crazy shit while I slay monsters and robots and babble with any random person about anything at all. I don’t publish past vods there.

Next Low Society Book Club is Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson hosted by Jake, and we’re all really looking forward to it. We will go from the madness of amoral power games to a more honest, relatable, wholesome madness the whole family can enjoy. Well, maybe not the whole family. Your crazy hermit cousin may look a little less crazy, though.

FAQs

What do you learn from the art of seduction? ›

“Every seduction has two elements that you must analyze and understand: first, yourself and what is seductive about you; and second, your target and the actions that will penetrate their defenses and create surrender.”

What is the art of seduction summary? ›

The Art of Seduction (2001) examines the amoral game of seduction, explaining how seduction always starts in the mind and that the most successful seducers know this very well indeed. It explains strategies for inciting interest, disorientating the target of seduction, stirring desire and kindling emotions.

What is the point of seduction? ›

The main goal of seduction whether it is active under conscious or unconscious mechanisms is to impress the desired partner and display positive characteristics that are likely to be attractive, and to repress undesirable characteristics.

What is the meaning of art of seduction? ›

1-Sentence-Summary: The Art Of Seduction is a template for persuading anyone, whether it's a business contact, a political adversary, or a love interest, to act in your best interest.

Why should you read The Art of Seduction? ›

The Art of Seduction (2001) studies the differential game of seduction, explaining why seduction originates in the human mind, and attractive people know the trick very well. The book also explains strategies for creating excitement, disorienting audiences, igniting passion, and stimulating emotions.

How can I learn to be seductive? ›

Being seductive requires the right body language and personality. Strive to make eye contact and add subtle touch to situations. Listen to what the other person says and make them feel special.
...
Maintain the correct posture.
  1. Face the person when they're talking.
  2. Keep your arms away from your chest. ...
  3. Lean slightly forward.

What is a seductive man called? ›

Word forms: seducers

A seducer is someone who seduces someone else. He has a bad reputation as a seducer of both men and women. Synonyms: charmer, Don Juan, Casanova, philanderer More Synonyms of seducer. Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

Is the art of seduction evil? ›

Seduction has been associated with being misleading and sometimes evil, but in many cases it is done unconsciously and involuntarily and is almost always done with the goal of mutual emotional benefit. In fact, loving someone means being seduced by that person.

What are the 24 rules of seduction? ›

24 Rules Of Seduction
  • Choose the right victim. ...
  • Create a false sense of security — approach indirectly. ...
  • Send mixed signals. ...
  • Appear to be an object of desire — create triangles. ...
  • Create a need — stir anxiety and discontent. ...
  • Master the art of insinuation. ...
  • Enter their spirit. ...
  • Create temptation.
1 Jun 2014

What are examples of seduction? ›

When you entice someone to go out on a date with you and to have intercourse with you, this is an example of seduce. When easy money tempts you to do something wrong, this is an example of a situation where the promise of easy money seduced you. To entice into a different state or position.

What is seductive behavior? ›

The definition of seductive is behavior that is tempting. An example of seductive is someone dancing in a sexy way to attract someone to come dance. adjective.

Why is power so seductive? ›

Power is seductive not only because it is the means by which you can get what you want, but also because it gives you the confidence that goes along with this knowledge. Seduction is often an incremental process. It happens one small step at a time, almost imperceptibly.

Is The Art of Seduction manipulative? ›

The book contains 24 seduction techniques. Greene saw The Art of Seduction as the logical follow-up to The 48 Laws of Power since seduction is "about power and manipulation as much as it is about romance, about how to make someone fall under your spell."

What is the Siren in The Art of Seduction? ›

THE SIREN

The first and most ancient seducer of all is the Siren. She represents male fantasy. She is supremely confident, highly sexual, smells of danger, and is physically undeniable. Her greatest power is the physical.

How do you know if a woman is trying to seduce you? ›

11 Signs a Woman is Trying to Seduce You - YouTube

Is the art of seduction for men or woman? ›

The Art of Seduction (2001) is a mix between a dark psychology text and a seduction manual for men.

How do you become a master of seduction? ›

How to become an expert at seducing – 7 tips for seduction
  1. Here are the 7 fundamental tricks to help you seduce others easily.
  2. Understand the opposite gender.
  3. Be friendly.
  4. Don't hesitate to seduce.
  5. Don't try to copy someone, be original.
  6. Dress wisely.
  7. Be a pleaser to seduce successfully.
  8. Pay attention to your looks.

What does seduce mean in love? ›

/səˈduːs/ C2 [ T ] to make someone feel attracted to you and want to have sex with you, often someone younger or less experienced: He felt that she was trying to seduce him.

What is a female seducer called? ›

Word forms: seductresses

A seductress is a woman who seduces someone. She was typecast as a self-confident seductress. Synonyms: temptress, siren, vamp [informal], femme fatale More Synonyms of seductress.

What are some hot words? ›

Top 10 “hot” words
  • boiling (Meaning: like boiling hot water)
  • roasting (Meaning: like cooking over a fire or in an oven)
  • sweltering (Meaning: damp, intense heat)
  • scorching (Meaning: like fire)
  • searing (Meaning: very hot, also a cooking method)
  • stifling (Meaning: very hot and a feeling of no air)
2 Jul 2019

What does Seducted mean? ›

verb (used with object), se·duced, se·duc·ing. to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt. to persuade or induce to have sexual intercourse. to lead or draw away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance: He was seduced by the prospect of gain.

What is the meaning of seduction in law? ›

Seduction, in law, refers to an act by which a person entices another to have unlawful sexual intercourse with them by means of persuasions, promises, flattery or bribes without using any physical force or violence.

How can I get seductive energy? ›

These five tips that can help you feel confident in your body so you can be your sensual, seductive and sexy self:
  1. Walk with confidence. The way you walk can tell a lot about the level of your self-esteem and confidence. ...
  2. Practice some feminine or seductive dance. ...
  3. Love your body. ...
  4. Practice self-care rituals. ...
  5. Sleep nude.

What is the difference between flirting and seducing? ›

Flirting is the twinkle and grin you give to someone, in person; it's just playful and has no intent beyond that grin. Seductiveness is action that announces sexual intent, even enticement.

What is a seduction class? ›

Highlights of the seduction class

Packed full of fun quizzes and tips on how to enhance you flirting technique, this saucy session will focus on the nuances of body language to help you walk, talk, taste, flirt and seduce confidently. You can even learn and take home a dance routine with which to treat your lucky lad.

What does the 48 Laws of Power teach you? ›

Consequently, in his controversial book, “The 48 Laws of Power,” best-selling author Robert Greene argues that if you manage to seduce, charm, and deceive your opponents, you will attain the ultimate power. Greene states that the better you become at handing power, the better friend, lover, and person you will become.

Is the art of seduction worth it? ›

The Art of Seduction is a read like no other: it fascinates and entices in ways few books are capable of. It is not a book on how to get laid; at its core, it is a guide for the most effective forms of manipulation, a series of social strategies that, if used correctly, will leave ANY person at your mercy.

How do you become a master of seduction? ›

How to become an expert at seducing – 7 tips for seduction
  1. Here are the 7 fundamental tricks to help you seduce others easily.
  2. Understand the opposite gender.
  3. Be friendly.
  4. Don't hesitate to seduce.
  5. Don't try to copy someone, be original.
  6. Dress wisely.
  7. Be a pleaser to seduce successfully.
  8. Pay attention to your looks.

What are examples of seduction? ›

When you entice someone to go out on a date with you and to have intercourse with you, this is an example of seduce. When easy money tempts you to do something wrong, this is an example of a situation where the promise of easy money seduced you. To entice into a different state or position.

How do I crush my enemy totally? ›

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Animated Book Summary

What is the first rule of power? ›

Law 1: Never outshine the master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite—inspire fear and insecurity.

Which is the most important law of power? ›

The 11 Key Rules:
  • 'Say less than necessary. ...
  • 'Win through actions, not through argument. ...
  • 'When asking for help, appeal to people's self interest. ...
  • 'Use absence to increase respect and honour. ...
  • 'Isolation is dangerous. ...
  • 'Concentrate your forces. ...
  • 'Recreate yourself. ...
  • 'Plan all the way to the end.
26 Jul 2020

What is a seductive man called? ›

Word forms: seducers

A seducer is someone who seduces someone else. He has a bad reputation as a seducer of both men and women. Synonyms: charmer, Don Juan, Casanova, philanderer More Synonyms of seducer. Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

Why is power so seductive? ›

Power is seductive not only because it is the means by which you can get what you want, but also because it gives you the confidence that goes along with this knowledge. Seduction is often an incremental process. It happens one small step at a time, almost imperceptibly.

How is art of seduction implemented? ›

With a little practice, it's easy to master the art of seduction. A little confidence and playfulness may be all it takes.
...
Don't forget to smile and, if possible, make body contact when appropriate and not intrusive.
  1. Use your body language to flirt. ...
  2. Use eye contact to flirt. ...
  3. Use suggestive messages.

How do you practice art of seduction? ›

We've summarized Greene's 24 rules of seduction below.
  1. Choose the right victim. ...
  2. Create a false sense of security — approach indirectly. ...
  3. Send mixed signals. ...
  4. Appear to be an object of desire. ...
  5. Create a need — stir anxiety and discontent. ...
  6. Master the art of insinuation. ...
  7. Enter their spirit. ...
  8. Create temptation.
7 Feb 2017

Is the art of seduction evil? ›

Seduction has been associated with being misleading and sometimes evil, but in many cases it is done unconsciously and involuntarily and is almost always done with the goal of mutual emotional benefit. In fact, loving someone means being seduced by that person.

What does it mean to seduce a person? ›

To seduce someone is to make them want to engage in sexual activity with you, especially in a subtle or manipulative way. Seduce is also commonly used in a more general way meaning to tempt or influence someone to do something, especially something bad or something they wouldn't normally do.

What is seductive behavior? ›

The definition of seductive is behavior that is tempting. An example of seductive is someone dancing in a sexy way to attract someone to come dance. adjective.

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