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Robert Greene

An examination of the amoral game and techniques of seducers

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The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene is a non-fictional book helping you master the art of seducing others, by providing powerful and clever strategies that will help you win over anyone you desire.

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    Insert yourself into the target’s environment, but don’t appear too eager.

    The true seducer knows that life can be pretty humdrum, an awareness that allows the seducer, through finesse and creativity, to inflame the target’s fantasies and desire. This is no straightforward task. The approach must be oblique, such as to spark the target’s imagination in an advantageous way.

    The first lesson of seduction is not to be overeager. Early on, you shouldn’t put your cards on the table and tell your target exactly what you want. You must be indirect and elusive.

    If you approach at wholehearted bound, you’re going to appear desperately insecure. You’ll be more successful if you don’t reveal your hand too soon. With seduction, it’s always best to let your target come to you, under the misapprehension that she is the one making the first move.

    Try to make an impression of neutrality: you should make yourself noticeable, but you needn’t approach the target.

    In fact, that's exactly how the Duke de Lauzun worked his magic on the Duchesse de Montpensier while at Louis XIV’s court.

    When the duchess first met the duke, she found herself rather enamored with the notorious lady-killing Lothario.

    But during later chance encounters in court, the duke appeared quite blasé. Nonetheless, after a few tête-à-têtes, the duchess began to enjoy his company. Before too long, he became her confidant. All he did was play the part of the friend and keep close by.

    The duchess’s curiosity was stirred. Perhaps their friendship could become something more? How could the duke not be interested in one of the most beautiful and noble women in France?

    Lauzun’s approach was slow and steady. He was careful not to appear too interested too soon. It was the intrigued duchess who confessed her infatuation to him first – and it wasn’t just the duke she desired, but a marriage as well!

    An effective seducer is spider-like, building a strong and sticky – and barely noticeable – web.

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    What is The Art of Seduction about?

    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. These tactics will lead to the eventual seduction of the target.

    The Art of Seduction Review

    The Art of Seduction (2001) by Robert Greene is a captivating exploration of the timeless strategies used by seducers throughout history. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With insightful analysis of historical figures and seductive techniques, it offers a deep understanding of the power dynamics involved in seduction.
    • Through fascinating stories and case studies, the book reveals the psychology behind seduction, providing readers with practical tools for enhancing their own interpersonal skills.
    • Its provocative ideas challenge societal norms, shedding light on the complex nature of attraction and seduction, making it a thought-provoking and engaging read.

    Who should read The Art of Seduction?

    • People who want to learn the art of seduction
    • Historians interested in landmark seductions
    • Psychology enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Robert Greene is a best-selling author. He wrote 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War and Mastery. He has a degree in classical studies.

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    The main message of The Art of Seduction is that seduction is a skill that can be learned and mastered.

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    The Art of Seduction is a compelling read for those interested in understanding human behavior and relationships. It provides valuable insights and strategies for effective seduction.

    Who is the author of The Art of Seduction?

    The author of The Art of Seduction is Robert Greene.

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