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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists Imitation Leather – Illustrated, September 6, 2005
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Mystery is an aspiring Toronto magician who charges $2,250 for a weekend pickup workshop. He is not much to look at: a cross between a vampire and a computer geek. But by using high-powered marketing techniques he's turned seduction into an effortless craft--even inventing his own vocabulary. His technique sounds like a car salesman's tip sheet: his main rule is FMAC--find, meet, attract, close. He employs the "three-second rule"--always approach a woman within three seconds of first seeing her in order to avoid getting shy. Other tricks: Intrigue a beautiful woman by pretending to be unaffected by her charm; also, never hit on a woman right away. Start with a disarming, innocent remark, like "Do you think magic spells work?" or "Oh my god, did you see those two girls fighting outside?" And finally, the most important characteristic of the pickup artist--smile.
After two years, Strauss ends up becoming almost as successful as Mystery, but he comes to an important realization. His techniques were actually off-putting to the woman he ended up falling in love with. And they never prepared him for actually having a relationship. After a while, he ran out of one-liners and had to have a real conversation. Still, The Game is a great read that may help some AFCs come out of their shells. --Alex Roslin
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- Publisher : Harper Collins (September 6, 2005)
- Language : English
- Imitation Leather : 452 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060554738
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060554736
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.1 x 6.36 x 1.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I read page after page I became more and more interested. I was seeing some of my coworkers in a new light. They acted just like some of the people in this book, some of which I had looked up to. A little more than halfway through, I began to see what direction this book was going in. I am glad I read this book all the way through. I thought that it was women that I was missing in my life. I needed to become a pickup artist, or so I thought. While it is true that women are noticeably absent from my life, that wasn't the source of my emptiness. It was confidence.
It wasn't until the end of book that I realized that I didn't need any fine tuned pickup lines. I needed to just be me, but with more confidence. This book has given me the basic tools I need to start conversations with random strangers, to meet new people, which I had been to afraid to do. So what if they don't like me, the right people for me will. All I need to do is get out there and socialize.
While this book still makes me want to go out and try to pickup women, it's not to become a pickup artist. It's to further myself in every aspect of my life. Women are my vice in life, my weakness, I am afraid of rejection and thusly, afraid of women. If I can overcome my biggest obstacle with confidence, then there is nothing I can't do. Even though Neil Strauss will never know of me and never know how big of an impact his book has had on me, his book has unlocked the door to my future that I can now begin to open. I cannot thank him enough for writing this book. Very highly recommended!
-Steven aka Hoss ;)
No doubt many women find this book misogynistic. However, perhaps reality is more disturbing. Equally troubling is the misapplication of the principles recommended. Too many guys don't actually read The Game & take tips out of context. For example, the negs are supposed to be light-hearted & witty -- not blatant insults.
Incidentally, in addition to my own copy which I loaned to two girlfriends, I also bought one for a friend. She thought she was dating a jet-setting banker. However, I figured the guy was a con-artist. It caused a rift btw us because I didn't say what she wanted to hear. Luckily, after reading this book, she got over 'her prince,' and married a nice solid guy who works a less glamorous job, but is a good father and husband.
So while this book is supposed to be a self-help for men, it's actually a much better book for women. But I'm sure if I read other reviews, I'll see that what I've written is redundant.
"The Game" is told through stories/first hand accounts of Strausses experience in the seduction community. He manages to tie in the life/self help lessons in nicely with all the drama of a good story. There's rarely a dull moment but I do have to say that it can seem Strauss is bragging at times and this hurts the flow of the story at times.
Personally the book acted as a gateway for me, as I imagine many others, into a much needed self improvement period of my life. I began to realize my self worth, gain confidence in myself and really go out their and make my dreams happen. To look inward for approval rather than bending overbackwards to gain the approval of others.
And I think that's where their is a lot of misunderstanding in the public. The seduction community is more than a bunch of creepy pickup nerds trying to bed and use woman. Often men find their way to the community after years of frustration and loneliness stemming from failure with the opposite sex (something they were never taught how to deal with by school or their parents). Maybe they were abused and suffer from extremely low self esteem. Whatever the case guys like Strauss, Mystery (and others) have been there and have done the hard and tiring work of figuring out what the problem is and how to fix it. And now their sharing this knowledge to others to help them. So it's important to have an open mind and not disregard Strauss because of the subject matter he's discussing.
I do feel the game leaves you wanting more (perhaps this is by design). I would recommend, actually would require, that you check out Strausses follow up "Rules of the Game". It's much more of a "how to" book and features the style life challenge which is a 30 life changing program. It's the book Strauss could wish he could give to his younger self. It's likely to change your life for ever.
While "The Game" & "Rules of the Game" are probably enough for most people those hell bent on mastering romance and or going on a self transformation journey should also check out the following: "No More Mr Nice Guy" (guys), "Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl" (girls), "The Mystery Method", "The Like Switch", "The Solution to Social Anxiety", "Modern Romance", "Text Appeal for Guys", Surival of the S***test", "The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth", "The Selfish Gene" & "The Rational Male" (volumes 1 & 2).
"The Game" has rightfully earned its place as one of the greatest books in recent years. It's crossed into many different areas of people's life and jumpstarted a entire multimillion dollar industry. Do your self a favor and buy this book. It may just change your life (for the best)!
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That is was written as a story actually made it even more dull. A how to guide might have at least been fun to read.
Maybe useful if you want to learn to be a manipulative weirdo.
'Mate' by Tucker Maxx covers similar ground and is infinitely better.
Players of 'The Game', treat women as targets that should be seduced, convinced (or even tricked) and conquered. They justify anti-social or aggressive behaviours of themselves through a kind of social Darwinism and then define sexual intercourse as the ultimate gaol to be achieved with their targets. People who can go through all these stages easily and successfully call themselves PUAs, eventually becoming obsessed with this pattern, giving up all the normal life to play and teach 'The Game' for living. In fact, Neil demonstrates that 'The Game' is not as interesting as it sounds at first and can be quite difficult to cope with its consequences.
Leaving the story behind, the book has some good points and quotes to offer. If you read the book until the end with an open-mind, you can easily spot the references to real invaluable stuff like the body-language analysis, human psychology and evolutionary biology. You can read on them to understand human interaction with the opposite sex and play your own version of the game.
This book is not meant to teach you how to attract woman (and not meant to teach you 'The Game's). Instead, this book gives an insight in to the pros and cons of knowing the exact tricks that attract woman to man during the initial encounters. However, this book delivers a message to those that read it till the end.
I don't want to spoil the story, but in general it teaches you the reason why most people might get "in the game" and what truly lies behind it.