Okay, you caught me. I sometimes go to Barnes and Noble and wander through their “Self-Help” section just searching through the endless titles swearing to improve life as you know it. A few months ago there was a book in particular that caught my eye and made me do a double-take: The Art of Seduction. Not only did the title intrigue me, but what I read on the back cover completely redefined the word “seduction” for me. Whereas before I had thought of it in only the most sexual of terms, I now saw “seduction” as a form of power that appealed to my own non-aggressive personality. The author, Robert Greene, revealed on the back cover that you could:
“Get what you want by manipulating everyone’s greatest weakness: the desire for pleasure. Seduction is the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power. It’s as evident in John F. Kennedy’s hold over the masses as it is in Cleopatra’s hold over Antony…The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer of persuasion that reveals one of history’s greatest weapons and the ultimate form of power”.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why I didn’t buy the book right there on the spot. Leaving the bookstore empty-handed, I found myself thinking about the book over the next few weeks, almost as if the book itself had begun to “seduce” me and draw me in. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I finally sped back to the bookstore and made one of the best purchases I’ve made in probably forever.
Once I got home and opened to the first page, I was instantly captivated. I could not put the book down, I even started highlighting to the point where I ran out of ink and had to desperately search for highlighter number two! The book is expertly organized into breaking down the types of seductive characters and then follows up with a step by step seductive process, all throughout laced with quotes and passages from seductive artists throughout history. Reading the seductive process of Marilyn Monroe, Casanova, Cleopatra, JFK, and Andy Warhol (just to name a few), inspires me to attempt to follow in the footsteps of the most successful seducers in history. Upon reading Robert Greene’s writing you feel empowered to achieve what you want (or even who you want) with the art of seduction.
We now live in a world of passivity where our social media is at our fingertips taking in our rants and raves- communication is more so over a technical device rather than face-to-face. This makes direct aggression and the drive for power all the more evident and abrasive, thus making the art of seduction more attractive and effective than ever.
“The Art of Seduction is designed to arm you with weapons of persuasion and charm so, that those around you will slowly lose their ability to resist without knowing how or why it has happened. It is an art of war for delicate times.”
They say all’s fair in love and war– from Cleopatra’s seductive trance over Antony to Lenin’s seductive hold over the masses of Russia. Regardless if it is fair, it is an art. It is the art of seduction.