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Title:
The laws of human nature / Robert Greene.
ISBN:
9780525428145
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
609 pages ; 25 cm
Contents:
Master your emotional self: The law of irrationality -- Transform self-love into empathy: The law of narcissism -- See through people's masks: The law of role-playing -- Determine the strength of people's character: The law of compulsive behavior -- Become an elusive object of desire: The law of covetousness -- Elevate your perspective: The law of shortsightedness -- Soften people's resistance by confirming their self-opinion: The law of defensiveness -- Change your circumstances by changing your attitude: The law of self-sabotage -- Confront your dark side: The law of repression -- Beware the fragile ego: The law of envy -- Know your limits: The law of grandiosity -- Reconnect to the masculine or feminine within you: The law of gender rigidity -- Advance with a sense of purpose: The law of aimlessness -- Resist the downward pull of the group: The law of conformity -- Make them want to follow you: The law of fickleness -- See the hostility behind the friendly façade: The law of aggression -- Seize the historical moment: The law of generational myopia -- Mediate on our common morality: The law of death denial.
Abstract:
Robert Greene's bestselling 48 Laws of Power (1988) distilled ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose.
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From the #1 New York Times -bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the people around you

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people's masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.


Author Notes

Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power , The 33 Strategies of War , The Art of Seduction , and Mastery, is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. He lives in Los Angeles.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this detailed and expansive guide, Greene (Mastery) seeks to immerse his audience in "all aspects of human behavior," as represented by 18 laws created by Greene. He claims that studying these laws will transform the reader into a "calmer and more strategic observer," immune to "emotional drama." Those are lofty promises, but even skeptics will become believers after diving into Greene's well-organized text. In each chapter, he describes the benefits of confronting and overcoming a different form of human fallibility. Overcoming the "law of irrationality," for instance, leads to the ability to "open your mind to what is really happening, as opposed to what you are feeling." For historical perspective, he highlights relevant famous figures: Howard Hughes represents the pitfalls of compulsive behavior, and Anton Chekhov embodies the benefits of overcoming self-sabotage. Greene also quotes a number of literary greats along the way, including Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Gore Vidal, whose aphorism "Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little" is applied, not surprisingly, to the chapter on envy. Throughout, Greene's overriding message is to "step back" from the "immediate rush of events" in order to gain greater insight into one's experiences and circumstances. Greene's thoughtful examination of self and society will, for the committed reader, deliver a refreshing and revitalizing perspective. Agent: Michael Carlisle, InkWell Management. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Greene (Mastery; The 48 Laws of Power) draws from the wisdom of ancient philosophers, respected psychologists, and eminent writers to provide insight into all aspects of human behavior and their root causes. These qualities are organized into "laws," including the law of compulsive behavior, the law of self-sabotage, and the law of grandiosity. Greene defines, interprets, and suggests ways to deal with each trait, concluding that through possessing the knowledge of these concepts we can stand apart from draining emotional drama, be better judges of character, outthink toxic types, rid ourselves of negative patterns, and enjoy more satisfyingbonds. VERDICT While hefty in size, this readable and relevant tome should have wide appeal. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Master Your Emotional Self
The Law of Irrationalityp. 13
The Inner Athena
Keys to Human Nature
Step 1 Recognize the Biases
Step 2 Beware the Inflaming Factors
Step 3 Strategies Toward Bringing Out the Rational Self
2 Transform Self-love into Empathy
The Law of Narcissismp. 42
The Narcissistic Spectrum
Examples of Narcissistic Types
3 See Through People's Masks
The Law of Role-playingp. 72
The Second Language
Keys to Human Nature
Observational Skills
Decoding Keys
The Art of Impression Management
4 Determine the Strength of People's Character
The Law of Compulsive Behaviorp. 102
The Pattern
Keys to Human Nature
Character Signs
Toxic Types
The Superior Character
5 Become an Elusive Object of Desire
The Law of Covetousnessp. 131
The Object of Desire
Keys to Human Nature
Strategies for Stimulating Desire
The Supreme Desire
6 Elevate Your Perspective
The Law of Shortsightednessp. 150
Moments of Madness
Keys to Human Nature
Four Signs of Shortsightedness and Strategies to Overcome Them
The Farsighted Human
7 Soften People's Resistance by Confirming Their Self-opinion
The Law of Defensivenessp. 172
The Influence Game
Keys to Human Nature
Five Strategies for Becoming a Master Persuader
The Flexible Mind-Self-strategies
8 Change Your Circumstances by Changing Your Attitude
The Law of Self-Sabotagep. 202
The Ultimate Freedom
Keys to Human Nature
The Constricted (Negative) Attitude
The Expansive (Positive) Attitude
9 Confront Your Dark Side
The Law of Repressionp. 231
The Dark Side
Keys to Human Nature
Deciphering the Shadow: Contradictory Behavior
The Integrated Human
10 Beware the Fragile Ego
The Low of Envyp. 261
Fatal Friends
Keys to Human Nature
Signs of Envy
Envier Types
Envy Triggers
Beyond Envy
11 Know Your Limits
The Law of Grandiosityp. 291
The Success Delusion
Keys to Human Nature
The Grandiose Leader
Practical Grandiosity
12 Reconnect to the Masculine or Feminine Within You
The Law of Gender Rigidityp. 320
The Authentic Gender
Keys to Human Nature
Gender Projection-Types
The Original Man/Woman
13 Advance with a Sense of Purpose
The Law of Aimlessnessp. 356
The Voice
Keys to Human Nature
Strategies for Developing a High Sense of Purpose
The Lure of False Purposes
14 Resist the Downward Pull of the Group
The Law of Conformityp. 391
An Experiment in Human Nature
Keys to Human Nature
The Court and Its Courtiers
The Reality Group
15 Make Them Want to Follow You
The Law of Ficklenessp. 438
The Entitlement Curse
Keys to Human Nature
Strategies for Establishing Authority
The Inner Authority
16 See the Hostility Behind the Friendly Façade
The Law of Aggressionp. 473
The Sophisticated Aggressor
Keys to Human Nature
The Source of Human Aggression
Passive Aggression-Its Strategies and How to Counter Them
Controlled Aggression
17 Seize the Historical Moment
The Law of Generational Myopiap. 518
The Rising Tide
Keys to Human Nature
The Generational Phenomenon
Generational Patterns
Strategies for Exploiting the Spirit of the Times
The Human Beyond Time and Death
18 Meditate on Our Common Mortality
The Law of Death Denialp. 562
The Bullet in the Side
Keys to Human Nature
A Philosophy of Life Through Death
Acknowledgmentsp. 587
Selected Bibliographyp. 589
Indexp. 593