An Examination of the Amoral Game and Techniques of Seducers
If happiness can be some sort of an art, why shouldn’t seduction be an art as well? True, this means that mastering it is a lengthy learning process. But, there’s no better place to start than Robert Greene’s account on the subject, “The Art of Seduction.”
About Robert Greene
Robert Greene is a popular and widely read American author. He has a degree in classical studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is mostly interested in topics related to power and dominance.
“The Art of Seduction Summary”
Well, because, first of all, he is brilliant at structuring. He gave us the 48 laws of power, and then the 33 strategies of war… In “The Art of Seduction” he introduces us to 9 types of seducers, and 18 types of victims.
And even 24 phases of the seductive process!
So – let’s go.
First of all, the seductive character and the 9 possible types of it.
The Sirens need no introduction: they are the femme fatales who can lure anyone through their very image and craftiness. They tease – and they please.
The Rakes will do anything for the opposite sex. They live in the moment, so they are unrestrained with just the right amount of wild.
The Ideal Lovers understand love in a much more aesthetic manner than others. You need no better explanation than a single word: Casanova.
Dandies are usually androgynous and seduce both sexually and socially. Byron would be a good example of a dandy.
Naturals are playful and child-like; they want to be protected. And you want to care for them.
Coquettes are self-absorbed and vain – and you want to have them because they don’t need you.
Charmers are, well, charming. They don’t argue and they don’t complain. Instead, they listen and are lightheartedly helpful.
Charismatic lovers ooze self-confidence and magnetism. They are mysterious and saintly, eloquent and theatrical. And even vulnerable when necessary.
Finally, stars. They are dreamlike. They are our one-way ticket out of our boring reality.
If you’re not the 10th type of seducer – i.e. the anti-seducer – you’ll find a way to seduce your victims. However, you first have to understand them and tailor your seduction strategy.
And there are 18 types of victims.
First of all, Reformed Rake/Sirens; they want to be rake/sirens once again: make them feel as if they’re the ones who are seducing.
Secondly, the Disappointed Dreamers: earn their trust and make them fantasize once again. The third type is the Pampered Royal. They want variety and distractions.
The New Prude is the fourth type of seducing victim. These are the Victorians of the new age: stuffed shirts on the outside, but guilty-pleasure lovers on the inside.
The Crushed Stars want to be the center of the attention once again, while the Novices are all about romance and expect to hear all of love’s 5 languages.
The Conquerors love power and want to be chased for a while. The Exotic Fetishist would want to hear none of you unless you present yourself as someone exceptional and different.
The Drama Queen thinks that reality is boring: she wants a more theatrical life. Act your heart out – as if you’re in a soap opera. The Professor wants to be mentally superior at all times – but is unable to resist physical stimulation because he feels physically inferior.
The Beauty constantly worries that her powers are diminishing; appease her worries – but go cold from time to time to stir the romance back to life. The Aging Baby dislikes responsibilities, as opposed to the Rescuer you can only seduce if you show him/her your weaknesses.
The Roué is cynical and pines for his beautiful youth; only a young man/woman can seduce him/her.
The Idol Worshippers need to adore someone. You must try to become their idol – otherwise, you’ll always be an afterthought.
Sensualists are sensitive and delicate. They are also usually shy, but can be seduced with fashion, art, style – or seductive art.
The Lonely Leaders are powerful and don’t really care about seduction – because everybody courts them all the time. You need to be on par with them: be not only honest, but blunt. So that, unlike the others, you can look natural.
And, finally, the Floating Gender. They want a counterpart – someone to be everything that they’re not. So, together, they can be complete.
Key Lessons from “The Art of Seduction”
1. There Are 9 Types of Seducers – See Which Type Are You
2. You Can Fall Victim to Seducing – If You’re One of These 18 People
3. The Seductive Process in 24 Simple Steps
There Are 9 Types of Seducers – See Which Type Are You
There are 9 types of seducers.
First of all, the sirens – they are the lurers. Next, the rakes: they are the male counterparts. The ideal lovers are the Casanovas. The Dandies are the Byrons of the world. Naturals are childlike seducers. Coquettes are narcissistic. Charmers are charming and charismatic lovers are magnetic.
Finally, stars are dreamlike.
You Can Fall Victim to Seducing – If You’re One of These 18 People
Each type of seducer has its own natural type of pray. Find out which type of seducer you are above – and locate your victim among these 18 types of seducees (yes, that’s a word)!
Here they are:
Reformed sirens/rakes, disappointed dreamers, pampered royals, new prudes, crushed starts, novices, conquerors, exotic fetishists, drama queens, professors, beauties, aging babies, rescuers, roués, idol worshippers, sensualists, lonely leaders, and floating genders.
You can read the descriptions about each of them in our summary.
The Seductive Process in 24 Simple Steps
Now that you know all types of seducers and seduction victims – it’s time to learn the whole process.
In a nutshell:
First – choose the right victim. Then – create a false sense of security. Next, start the seduction process by sending mixed signals; become the object of desire by creating a false love triangle. Work even more to create the need. Don’t say things out loud: insinuate.
Time to enter the spirit of your victim. Create temptation. But – don’t act upon it: keep your victim in suspense. Confuse him/her, by paying attention to the details and poeticizing your presence.
Develop a weakness/vulnerability strategy so as to disarm your love interest. Back that up with a fantastical story or two. Now, isolate the victim and prove your worth. With the right victim, you can even “effect a regression”– i.e. start playing the victim yourself. The pursuer – pursued.
Now, it’s time to break the taboos – everybody loves to explore his/her dark side. When the time comes, start using spiritual and physical lures and mix pleasure with pain. Master the art of the bold move. But – beware of the aftereffects.
In the end, you may end up alone and hurt.
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