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Smitten: The Way of the Brilliant Flirt Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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The first half of the book, “Unveiling Your Luminescence,” centers on learning to be a self-realizing woman. As authors Ariel Kiley and Simone Kornfeld put it, the self-realizing woman “is the gal who continually prioritizes greater self-awareness and consciousness in her daily life” — a goal we should all take to heart. And, unlike too many self-help writers, these ladies don’t dumb shit down. Instead, they give out sweet, to-the-point guidance that you can take and run with. There’s plenty of suggested homework, like exploring your past patterns, looking at your parents’ relationship, undoing your victim mentality (the hardest, for me), and keeping a list of things that fill you with joy (my favorite). But they don’t include a CD-ROM or worksheets; they trust you to work it out in a way that makes sense to you. And they do it with such enthusiasm, such compassion, and such awesome alliteration, that you’ll wonder why you were wasting all that time being non-self-realizing in the first place.
The second half is what you came for: flirting techniques. There are eight, and I’m not going to give any away, but I am going to vouch for their brilliance. Some are funny, some will take practice, and some seem forehead-slappingly obvious. But self-realizing has a lot to do with freeing yourself from the icky, gendered, sexist social programming that can keep you from thinking of these great ideas yourself. And what Ariel and Simone are doing with their flirtation techniques is giving you fun, exciting ways to undo your bad dating and flirting programming so that you feel comfortable letting your unique personality shine. You’ll want to try them all out immediately. You may even want to flirt with yourself.
The core message of this book is that when you feel truly good about yourself, it is crazy attractive. And, as the authors point out, feeling confident also improves your asshole/good guy radar. If you’re used to feeling “up” you’re less likely to let someone bring you down. Likewise, if you’re letting your true self out to play, you’re more likely to find a guy who appreciates her, Bridget-Jones style.
I have no doubt that this book will help you realize your own awesomeness and help you express it.
Second half outlines "brilliant flirt" techniques with some amusing stories.
Messaging is about being true unto oneself - that is what makes for all good relationships and a more interesting life.