Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Robert Greene's previous best seller, The 48 Laws of Power, distilled 3,000 years of scheming into a guide People praised as "beguiling... literate... fascinating" and Kirkus denounced as "an anti-Book of Virtues."
In Art of Seduction, Greene returns with a new instruction audiobook on the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power because seduction isn't really about sex. It's about manipulating other people's greatest weakness: their desire for pleasure.
Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, reporting the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want any way we can.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 51 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 May 2015|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 181 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Sex Instruction
1 in Psychology & Counselling Books on Human Sexuality
1 in Psychology Audiobooks on Human Sexuality
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Thousands of years ago, only a selected few had power. The power could be obtained either through violence or brute strength. It was a male domain and anybody who had no way to compete with them were the women. They suffered immensely both politically and socially. They never had any weapons at their disposal. However, women also realized that men had one weakness. It’s their insatiable desire for sex. A woman can completely captivate a man by toying with their desire. History is repleted with many such examples. They invented seduction. They would tease a man’s imagination and stimulate their desire. In the process, they also lure the men away from the masculine world of war and politics. Men found them not only beguiling but useful as well. Seduction was used as a subterfuge tool by women. Later, men too started developing their own version of seduction. Seduction is a long journey and the author has broken it into mental, emotional, and physical seduction. We will touch upon a few of the points and in between also discuss history's greatest seducers.
If you have watched the HBO series “The Rome”. then you will find one of the most interesting characters was Cleopatra. She had battle-hardened Julius Caesar and Mark Antony under her spell. As per the written materials available, Cleopatra is often described as physically unexceptional. She could transform herself into a one-woman spectacle. Her dress and makeup always gave her a heightened and goddess-like appearance. Her voice was lilting and intoxicated. The listener would not remember what she said but how she said it. She was aware of her mesmerizing impact on powerful men and used it to her advantage. She is considered to be one of the greatest seducers.
The relationship between a seducer and a victim starts with mental seduction. It’s not necessary that seducers always have malicious intentions. If someone is most sought after and people compete for his attention, then there is a likelihood that his aura of desirability is going to envelop the victim. If the distance with a seducer seems unattainable then the object seems more prized. The seducer also makes the victims aware of the adventure and romance that are lacking in their lives. It gets the victims interested and they see the seducer as someone to fill the void in their life. The interest turns into desire. The seducer when indulges in the victim’s moods and wants starts delighting the latter. The victim’s thought is completely occupied by the seducer. The artistic use of words will further intoxicate the victim’s mind. It will then stimulate fantasies, titillate their senses, and distract their mind.
Do you remember the iconic scene from the movie- “The Seven Year Itch” where Marilyn Monroe's skirt blew up? The men went crazy and the scene is still being discussed. Her on-screen persona made men crave for her. Even her off-screen image was similar. She spent part of her childhood in orphanages. One day, while wearing a white blouse provided by the orphanage, she found it torn. She then borrowed a sweater from a younger girl in the house. The sweater was too small. After she went out, the boys gathered around her wherever she went. In her diary, she wrote, “They stared at my sweater as if it were a gold mine”. It was a revelation and later she however sensed a way to gain attention and power. She started to focus more on her dresses, looks, and makeup. The result was more startling as without having to say anything, men passionately fall in love with her. She had a childlike voice but she learned to make it truly more seductive. She made another interesting observation. She said “It was my fault, they're wanting to kiss me and hug me. Some said it was the way I looked at them- with eyes full of passion. Others said it was my voice that lured them on. Still, others said I gave off vibrations that floored them”. She is another seducer on the list with a profound impact on men.
Emotional seduction follows mental seduction. Too much routine and familiarity can be stultifying and initial excitement peter out. The seducer avoids any hints of routine and familiarity and creates a mystery. They poeticize their presence and deliberately keeps a little distance. The absence makes victims obsessed. The seducers make the victim realize that they are actually living some of the fantasies that are stirred up in their imagination, which makes them ecstatic. They give them only part of the fantasy. The victims keep yearning for more.
One person who deliberately used seduction to destroy her adversary was Chinese Siren- Hsi Shih. She is considered to be a quintessence seducer. In the fifth century, there was an intense rivalry between Kou Chien and Fu Chai. Kou Chien chose Hsi Shih and had her trained in the arts of seduction. Fu Chai found her presence, mannerism, and nonchalant air too irresistible. He fell deeply in love with her. She drove him to distraction. He built palaces for her, spent all his time with her, and satisfied her every whim. He was completely under her spell. This allowed Kou Chien to march on and conquer and vanquish Fu Chai’s kingdom without much of a fight. She had a devastating effect on men. Her scents, her voice, her movement, her conversation, her artful glances, and embroidered gowns; everything contributed to her charm and magnetism, which completely made men weak for her.
First, the seducer had an impact on the mind of the victim and then emotions. What next follows is physical seduction. The victim now is already weak and ripe with desire. They will follow the seducer with impatience and erotic energy. Any kind of signals from the seducer is too tempting and increases the sexual desire of the victim. The victim now is brimming with desire. The erotomania reaches the zenith. The victim is completely under the spell of the seducer and feels too powerless to resist.
It’s now time to shift our attention to a male seducer; a well-known one. He was Casanova and considered the most successful seducer in history. If a woman he meets fire his imagination then he would study her, go along with her moods and find out what’s missing in her life. He would then provide it. Casanova adapted differently depending upon the person. He would adapt himself to women’s ideals and brought her fantasy to life. Once the lady had fallen under her spell, a little calculation would turn it into romance. Casanova always seeks young women who were unhappy. It’s because they appealed to his desire to play the savior and also responded to any necessity.
Seduction is not only gender or personality-specific. When it comes to men, it is not only the exclusive domain of people who are macho. In history, most seducers have been women. The author comes up with nine types of seducers. The two most important things are knowing your greatest asset and understanding your victim's weak spots. It’s then your perfect strength can be mapped to the victim’s fragility and the author draws an analogy between these two to drive across his points. Seduction is also considered an art that requires patience, focus, and strategic thinking. Robert Green’s book requires maturity. First-time readers may find him nasty, manipulator, iconoclastic, or an evil schemer. Let’s accept that all the world’s inhabitants are not honest and sincere in their dealings and they never were. In a true sense, sanctity was never there. Most of us have a grey side, irrespective of our status, nationality, and profession. What the author has done is to bring the actual truth in front, however bitter it may be. He has not set out to challenge any dogma or axiom. Just treat this book as an interesting study of human behavior. It’s just a pattern that you can recognize in yourself and others. Please don’t bring morality here. You are well within your right to avoid the subject. I have been a die-hard fan of Robert Green and find this book extremely absorbing and interesting.
In all the book was incredibly frustrating to read, and I found myself thinking “why am I reading this?!”
If you’re after tips on seduction, I’m sure you can find better books!
This book is called the art of seduction, but it has nothing at all to do with seduction.
In this book the writer makes wild assumptions about historical figures, cherry picks quotes from throughout history and takes history shaping figures like Napoleon and Cleopatra, convenientlly ignores their intelligence, military brilliance, keen political minds etc and boils the entirety of these world changing figures personalities and achievemnts to " these figures were successful because they were skilled at tricking people into sex" . The theory that this book drives home ad nauseam is that *all* men are purely logic and rational beings and the only reason any of the females who made the history books are remembered to this day is because they were able to "distract" the rational men from their logical lives and manipulate them into developing feelings. It is so immeasurably stupid
Also again I will repeat the title, this is called "the art of seduction" but what this book talks about is more akin to rape and/or exploitation. The writer repeatedly bemoans that using violence to force women into providing men with sexual release is no longer socially acceptable and each time he repeats this he reminds the reader that while violence may be frowned upon if you continue reading his baseless assumptions of historic figures then you will be able to use the "demonic power of words" to verbally force women into falling for you, whether or not they previously displayed any interest whatsoever.
The hack of a writer sounds more like a "woke" teenager than a level headed adult writing something worth reading. I can't even tell you how many times throughout the book he repeats his belief that love=slavery. As far as he is concerned developing feelings for another human being and having the absolute basic decency to consider their wants and needs makes you a worthless slave and means that you have lost while the other person is the victor and they have complete control over you and you are no longer your own person. On top of that love itself isnt actually real, it is simply a state that he wants to manipulate women into feeling so they are his slave instead of vice versa.
He also promotes an exhausting and frankly disgusting approach to life. before you even get to the real text of the book, straight from the preface he talks about how seducers should be "completely amoral" and dismisses the concepts of morals entirely, he also states that you should ignore the feeling to "be yourself " or "natural" because you as a person have no place in the "war of penetration", you need to read his book to learn which lies to tell to which people at which times. Right from the get go he tells you that all humans are easily understood creatures that he, of all people, has figured out and the purpose of the book is twofold
1: to explain the different types of "seducer" so you can see which one resonates with you and then you can learn how to amplify those aspects to get better at exploiting other people
2: to explain the 18 different types of "victims" ( yes, this book refers to the act of talking to other humans as "targeting victims") and explain to you how you can identify them and then how you can exploit their weaknesses to trick them into doing what you want regardless of their own wants/intentions.
As if it wasnt bad enough he also openly promotes that you treat every single human interaction you have as "warfare", he pushes the lifestyle of constantly wearing different masks so that you are never your real self and that in any interaction you ever have you should be trying to pinpoint the other persons weaknesses/insecurities and exploit them to your own benefit. The only people I can see getting anything at all from this waste of paper would be people who are already sociopaths or psycopaths, with no empathy, no deep emotions and who see other humans as creatures unworthy of your time, they are simply objects put in place for your pleasure whenever you see fit, these types of people could potentially get some warped kind of reassurance that their severly damaged way of perceiving human interactions is somehow good.
I have read a fair amount of dumb things in my time but this is by far and away the biggest pile of absolute b****cks I have ever come across as well as the single most overhyped product I have encountered. This book will teach you literally nothing and if you finish it you will come away from the experience with fewer braincells than when you started.