The Laws of Human Nature By Robert Greene

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. How many times can one die? Robert Greene has done here what he has done very well previously: extracting wisdom from the experiences of others and sharing it with his readers. The Laws of Human Nature feels a little more intimate; it is a matter of your life and death, not merely strategic or educational. I’ve often thought that if we acknowledged the fact of death more deeply and more regularly then it would be impossible to be anything other than compassionate, thoughtful, and magnanimous. Greene shares a similar sentiment in his discourse on death.  How many times can one die? Perhaps we should aspire to die a little everyday – one death for each life of virtue lived by our dead heroes, saints, mavericks, and masters. There are many new insights in this book that have not been covered in his other work. One other note is that this book is a much harder read than his other work. I think there are many reasons that this is the case. First off your ego takes a hit. He shines the mirror of reality against you as you read and it can become uncomfortable. The beauty of this is that is exactly what is required for growth. Secondly, I think this book takes much more patience to read compared to his other work. If you are looking then for a scientific/theoretical exposition of human nature there are already many books written by scientists providing this theory (Behave by Robert Sapolsky is a particularly good one.) But if you are young, or just young in mind, and looking for a practical guide to success in society which connects modern culture with its predecessors you will be hard pressed to find a better guide. Strongly recommended to all those who want a thorough grounding for understanding and then implementing what contemporary science has to say about human nature. Click HERE to view