"The Art of Seduction" by Robert Greene

Robert Greene completely dissects the seduction process in his award winning book The Art of Seduction.  Below is a brief overview of Robert Greene’s thorough explanation of the seductive process, and his characterizations of the different victim and seducer types.

In his book, the headings and subheadings below are illustrated eloquently and in much greater depth using historical examples. The Art of Seduction is approximately 500 pages, but feels like 20 to anyone interested in better understanding the seductive process.

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This is NOT a book dedicated to helping players get laid. It is NOT a book designed to help sleazy pathetic males prey on women (or women on men). If there were ever a TEXTBOOK on the seductive process, this would be it.

THE SEDUCTIVE PROCESS

1) Separation → Stir Interest and Desire

  • Choose the right victim
  • Create a false sense of security – Approach indirectly.
  • Send Mixed signals
  • Appear to be an object of desire.
  • Create a need – Stir anxiety and discontent.
  • Master the art of insinuation.
  • Enter their spirit.
  • Create temptation.

2) Lead Astray → Creating Pleasure and Confusion

  • Keep them in suspense – What comes next?
  • Use the demonic power of words to sow confusion.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Poeticize your presence.
  • Disarm through strategic weakness and vulnerability.
  • Confuse desire and reality – The perfect illusion
  • Isolate the victim.

3) The Precipice

  • Prove yourself.
  • Effect a regression.
  • Stir up the transgressive and taboo.
  • Use spiritual lures.
  • Mix pleasure with pain.

4) Moving in For the Kill

  • Give them space to fall.
  • Use physical lures.
  • Master the art of the bold move.
  • Beware the after effects.

THE PLAYERS IN THE GAME

Victim Types
  • The Reformed Rake of Siren
  • The Disappointed Dreamer
  • The Pampered Royal
  • The New Prude
  • The Crushed Star
  • The Novice
  • The Conqueror
  • The Exotic Fetishist
  • The Drama Queen
  • The Professor
  • The Aging Baby
  • The Rescuer
  • The Roué
  • The Idol Worshiper
  • The Sensualist
  • The Lonely Leader
  • The Floating Gender
Seducer Types
  • The Siren
  • The Rake
  • The Ideal lover
  • The Dandy
  • The Natural
  • The Coquette
  • The Charmer
  • The Charismatic
  • The Star
  • The Anti-seducer
Anti-Seducer Types
  • The Brute
  • The Suffocator
  • The Moralizer
  • The Tightwad
  • The Bumbler
  • The Windbag
  • The Reactor
  • The Vulgarian

THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT

Seductive Environment / Time
  • Create theatrical effects.
  • Use the visual language of pleasure
  • Keep it crowded or close
  • Manufacture mystical effects
  • Distort their sense of time – speed and youth
  • Create moments
Soft seduction: How to Sell Anything to the Masses
  • Appear as news, never as publicity
  • Stir basic emotions
  • Make the medium the message
  • Speak the targets language – Be chummy
  • Start a chain reaction – Everyone is doing it
  • Tell people who they

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CITATIONS

  • Greene, Robert. The Art of Seduction. New York, NY: Viking, 2001. Print.

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