The Laws of Human Nature

The Laws of Human Nature

by Robert Greene


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525428145
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 5,708
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Master Your Emotional Self

The Law of Irrationality 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 Narcissism 42

The Narcissistic Spectrum

Examples of Narcissistic Types

3 See Through People's Masks

The Law of Role-playing 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 Behavior 102

The Pattern

Keys to Human Nature

Character Signs

Toxic Types

The Superior Character

5 Become an Elusive Object of Desire

The Law of Covetousness 131

The Object of Desire

Keys to Human Nature

Strategies for Stimulating Desire

The Supreme Desire

6 Elevate Your Perspective

The Law of Shortsightedness 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 Defensiveness 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-Sabotage 202

The Ultimate Freedom

Keys to Human Nature

The Constricted (Negative) Attitude

The Expansive (Positive) Attitude

9 Confront Your Dark Side

The Law of Repression 231

The Dark Side

Keys to Human Nature

Deciphering the Shadow: Contradictory Behavior

The Integrated Human

10 Beware the Fragile Ego

The Low of Envy 261

Fatal Friends

Keys to Human Nature

Signs of Envy

Envier Types

Envy Triggers

Beyond Envy

11 Know Your Limits

The Law of Grandiosity 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 Rigidity 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 Aimlessness 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 Conformity 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 Fickleness 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 Aggression 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 Myopia 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 Denial 562

The Bullet in the Side

Keys to Human Nature

A Philosophy of Life Through Death

Acknowledgments 587

Selected Bibliography 589

Index 593

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