Take a moment. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear this word?
I pictured a few different things. Heels. Dark lips. Strong hands. Red wine. A rough voice. White t-shirts. Even a tie.
The immediate mental and physical response to the word “seduction” for most people, in my opinion, is that of lust or love. Before reading Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction, I thought this fueled how I dressed for a date or for a night out with the girls. I was sure I felt it in dim lights, flowers, notes. I believed that husky voices and warm hands were all in pursuit of this type of seduction – the means of realizing emotional desire.
After finishing The Art of Seduction, I hear that word, and I think of power.
Robert Greene, with the aid of numerous historical anecdotes, exposes seduction as more than just a means of realizing emotional desire. By breaking down seduction’s inherent components (the pinpointing of a target’s weaknesses, the use of these weaknesses as tools, and the reaping of benefits by way of personalized persuasion), Greene repeatedly proves that seduction is nothing less than a calculated play for power.
How do generals buoy their troops?
How do politicians sway the masses?
How do nations form alliances?
How do individuals rise to the top?
How do men and women, each and every day, use observations and tactics of persuasion to reach their own goals?
If you’ve ever found yourself fascinated by any of these questions, (or even just fascinated by the love or lust part of it, too), pick up Robert Greene’s book, The Art of Seduction. You won’t regret finishing this masterful collection of history’s tales and interpretations – I know I didn’t!
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If you’ve read this piece, what are your thoughts?