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« on: 11/02/2010 08:12:07 »
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The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Law 1

Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior.  In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity.  Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

Law 2

Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies

Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.  They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove.  In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies.  If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

 Law 3

Conceal your Intentions

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.  If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.  Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.

 Law 4

Always Say Less than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control.  Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike.  Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.  The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

 Law 5

So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life

Reputation is the cornerstone of power.  Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides.  Make your reputation unassailable.  Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.  Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.  Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

 Law 6

Court Attention at all Cost

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.  Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion.  Stand out.  Be conspicuous, at all cost.  Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

  Law 7

Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.  Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.  In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.  Never do yourself what others can do for you.

 Law 8

Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control.  It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process.  Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack.  You hold the cards.

 Law 9

Win through your Actions, Never through Argument

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory:  The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion.  It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word.  Demonstrate, do not explicate.

 Law 10

Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease.  You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.  The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you.  Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

Law 11

Learn to Keep People Dependent on You

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted.  The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have.  Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear.  Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.

 Law 12

Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim

One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones.  Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.  Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will.  A timely gift – a Trojan horse – will serve the same purpose.

 Law 13

When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest,

Never to their Mercy or Gratitude

If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds.  He will find a way to ignore you.  Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion.  He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.

 Law 14

Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy

Knowing about your rival is critical.  Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead.  Better still: Play the spy yourself.  In polite social encounters, learn to probe.  Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions.  There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.

 Law 15

Crush your Enemy Totally

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely.  (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.)  If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out.  More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation:  The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge.  Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

 Law 16

Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor

Too much circulation makes the price go down:  The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear.  If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired.  You must learn when to leave.  Create value through scarcity.

 Law 17

Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions.  Your predictability gives them a sense of control.  Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable.  Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off-balance, and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves.  Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.

 Law 18

Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves.  A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target.  Better to circulate among people find allies, mingle.  You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.

 Law 19

Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way.  Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge.  They are wolves in lambs’ clothing.  Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person.

 Law 20

Do Not Commit to Anyone

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides.  Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself.  By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others – playing people against one another, making them pursue you.

 Law 21

Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons.  The trick, is to make your victims feel smart – and not just smart, but smarter than you are.  Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives.

 Law 22

Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power

When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose surrender instead.  Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane.  Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you – surrender first.  By turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him.  Make surrender a tool of power.

 Law 23

Concentrate Your Forces

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point.  You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time.  When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

 Law 24

Play the Perfect Courtier

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity.  He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner.  Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court.

 Law 25

Re-Create Yourself

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you.  Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience.  Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you.  Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

 Law 26

Keep Your Hands Clean

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds.  Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Law 27

Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something.  Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow.  Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking.  Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf.  In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

 Law 28

Enter Action with Boldness

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it.  Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution.  Timidity is dangerous:  Better to enter with boldness.  Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.  Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.

 Law 29

Plan All the Way to the End

The ending is everything.  Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others.  By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop.  Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

 Law 30

Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease.  All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed.  When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more.  Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions.  Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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« Reply #1 on: 11/02/2010 08:12:26 »
 Law 31

Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice:  Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets.  Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose.  Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose.  Put them on the horns of a dilemma:  They are gored wherever they turn.

 Law 32

Play to People’s Fantasies

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant.  Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment.  Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert:  Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

 Law 33

Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall.  That weakness is usual y an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.  Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

  Law 34

Be Royal in your Own Fashion:  Act like a King to be treated like one

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.  For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others.  By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

 Law 35

Master the Art of Timing

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.  Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.  Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power.  Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

 Law 36

Disdain Things you cannot have:  Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility.  The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it.  It is sometimes best to leave things alone.  If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it.  The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.

Law 37

Create Compelling Spectacles

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to them.  Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence.  Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.

Law 38

Think as you like but Behave like others

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them.  They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior.  It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.

Law 39

Stir up Waters to Catch Fish

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive.  You must always stay calm and objective.  But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage.  Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

Law 40

Despise the Free Lunch

What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation.  What has worth is worth paying for.  By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit.  It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners with excellence.  Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.

Law 41

Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after.  If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them.  Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making:  Establish your own name and identity by changing course.  Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42

Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill.  If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence.  Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they are irredeemable.  Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them.  Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.

Law 43

Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you.  You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction.  A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn.  And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses.  Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear.  Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44

Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy.  The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact.  By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson.  Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.

Law 45

Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once

Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit.  Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt.  If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things.  If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.

Law 46

Never appear too Perfect

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.  Envy creates silent enemies.  It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable.  Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.

Law 47

Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril.  In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat.  Do not allow success to go to your head.  There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning.  Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

Law 48

Assume Formlessness

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack.  Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move.  Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed.  The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order.  Everything changes.

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My questions..

1. Are they correct?
2. Do you think they work?
3. Do you find them fitting for life?

(I know you might find 1. and 2. to be 'the same' but I feel there is a nuance between them)
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« Reply #2 on: 11/02/2010 11:03:59 »
What a long post! At first glance they seem a paraphrasing of Machiavelli's "The Prince".

Whether they work or not I would not live my life that way. It all seems very selfish and manipulative.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 11/02/2010 11:12:20 »
Yes, I *proudly* lifted it from a course in ethics :)
But my questions still stands.

1. Are they correct?
2. Do you think they work?
3. Do you find them fitting for life?

Although I think you answered 3. Graham.
And on a very personal level too :)
 

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« Reply #4 on: 11/02/2010 17:33:30 »
LOL!

Ahem! - I think this is intended to be satirical!  ;D

Mind you, I have known people who seemed to act according to a similar set of rules. They did make a lot of money but they didn't seem to be terribly happy.


BTW. Maybe I missed it, but I think they left out:

Information

Information is power. Never give up information without exacting a price.


 
 

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« Reply #5 on: 11/02/2010 18:22:57 »
Well Geezer, more or less the way Internet seems to be going nowadays.
More and more publications exacting a price. 
 
It's kind of sad, remembering the ideals that existed before commercialism started to grow on the net. Strange how those that talk so much of 'free enterprise' wants to regulate for the rest of us?
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Was it that you were thinking of?
Pure evil, sort of :)

I agree, it fits right in.
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« Reply #6 on: 11/02/2010 18:32:14 »
Yeah DD, you're the first one that answered fully, thanks :)
It's interesting seeing what people think about those 'laws'
Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, any more guys that comes to mind here?

I thought of Stalin as one of the prototypes :)
Russias little 'father' smiling and friendly but so unpredictable and cold blooded.

And I agree, most of us use some of them, some times, maybe not 'full out' but they are 'strategies' of a sort.
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« Reply #7 on: 11/02/2010 18:56:21 »
Law 3 contradicts law 5. Ditto laws 4 and 6.
I stopped reading at that point.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 11/02/2010 22:08:23 »
I don't agree BC 3 and 5 works well together. 'Smoke and illusion', Reputation is your mirror outwards. And that goes eminently well with keeping people in the dark towards your intentions. Politicians, ambassadors have it down to a 'science'. Or as an American professor told us once, so long ago. "As long as you come to church on Sundays people won't give a ** what you're doing the other days.". Four and six will also work, but I'm guessing that the idea  behind those 'laws' is not so much to use them all simultaneously as to adapt them to the individual situation. But I don't know really, I just surmise that for a normal person to remembering and using them all simultaneously  would make them real, ah, scary? :)
 

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« Reply #9 on: 12/02/2010 00:46:25 »
What a long post! At first glance they seem a paraphrasing of Machiavelli's "The Prince".

The OP was too long for me to read, but don't knock Machiavelli's "The Prince": you may not like what it tells you, but to disagree with it just on those grounds is denial of reality.  The fact is, "The Prince" is a highly perceptive work of observation, which is not just of use to those who would wish to rule but also to those whom someone might wish to rule.

Know what's going on, as opposed to hoping for benevolence: you'll experience less unpleasant surprises that way (but you'll not be seeing life through such rosy tinted spectacles as before).
 

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« Reply #10 on: 12/02/2010 06:59:38 »
I don't agree BC 3 and 5 works well together. 'Smoke and illusion', Reputation is your mirror outwards. And that goes eminently well with keeping people in the dark towards your intentions. Politicians, ambassadors have it down to a 'science'. Or as an American professor told us once, so long ago. "As long as you come to church on Sundays people won't give a ** what you're doing the other days.". Four and six will also work, but I'm guessing that the idea  behind those 'laws' is not so much to use them all simultaneously as to adapt them to the individual situation. But I don't know really, I just surmise that for a normal person to remembering and using them all simultaneously  would make them real, ah, scary? :)
You are saying that politicians have a good reputation because they are dishonest; I contend the exact opposite.
Truth will out.
"I'm guessing that the idea  behind those 'laws' is not so much to use them all simultaneously as to adapt them to the individual situation."
So, not laws then.
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« Reply #11 on: 12/02/2010 11:23:15 »
I was not knocking "The Prince", Lee. It is a work of great observation and how humans behave. I just find it a little sad that it is used (as it was intended to be used in fact) as a guidebook of how to manipulate people. Despite the fact that the knowledge is "out there", people are still manipulated without realising it so it also only serves as being advantageous, even if only used in "defence", to a few. Having said that, there is much in the book which is also simply sensible advice and not intended to be any form of deception or manipulation. It's ironic that Machiavelli spent the last years of his life in exile, despite this wisdom.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 13/02/2010 08:59:53 »
Nope Bored Chemist, I'm saying that reputation and intents are not the same. Reputation will hold until facts proves it otherwise. You are right in that I personally find them perfect examples of twofaced slim* *** ** :) mostly that is, though.

I would be glad to be proved otherwise :)
It's like telling someone that you're drug-free..
"Yeah, I'm of all drugs now, drug-free ya'now."

We'll see if you are..

As for 'laws'. We have dichotomy's in SpaceTime too :)
But I agree that they shouldn't be seen as absolutes.
But I did find them descriptive.
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Graham, I see it as by lifting forward this type of thinking you will know when someone tries to use it against you. That makes it harder for them to manipulate you, also presuming that most of us don't dream of 'world conquest' that is :)
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« Reply #13 on: 13/02/2010 17:59:14 »
You can't go through life being dishonest to people and keep a good reputation because people will find out that you are dishonest.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 16/02/2010 16:25:29 »
Life ain't black and white, what I might call dishonest you might define as being straight :) etc etc. Nixon was a good example on a guy that lost it due to 'people finding out'. Don't that make you wonder how many walking around today that still haven't been 'found out' :)

But I wouldn't mind if you was right though. It would surely simplify life if one knew that ultimately all would be revealed, and that 'crookedness' always got its fair punishment.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 16/02/2010 19:20:57 »
Living in fear of getting found out isn't ideal anyway.
Nixon was, as you say, found out. So he failed to keep a good reputation. He illustrates my point. The only way to be sure to keep a good reputation is to be honest and that's inconsistent with rule 3.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 17/02/2010 08:41:27 »
Yes, I *proudly* lifted it from a course in ethics :)
But my questions still stands.

1. Are they correct?
2. Do you think they work?
3. Do you find them fitting for life?

Although I think you answered 3. Graham.
And on a very personal level too :)


I will keep this brief, because that is all it needs.

All the above rules hinge solely on one thing, people actually giving a damn.
If people don't give a monkeys what you are up to then no amount of manipulation or facade will work.That will only happen if they are blinded by it. 
You only need one perceptive person to see through you, and the others will become influenced by them. After that, you are powerless.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 17/02/2010 20:22:35 »
My husband is a professional negotiator. In order to get the best deal for his company he has to play a lot of power games. Sometimes he brings this home with him. The one I recognise is the getting your enermy angry and staying calm yourself. He does that a lot and it is very annoying. Boy does that one work. I recognise a lot of these from past places of work. I never really quite got it, I'm far too open. The one I do try to follow is the one about avoiding misery. I spent a good part of my younger life being peoples shoulder to cry on and then ended up having a nervous breakdown when they all got better and dumped me. I will definitely stick to that one.
When I was a teacher, all the ones about being unpredictable worked in the classroom. I'd be really nice one day and then a complete bitch the next. They never knew what to expect so were as good as gold.
Thanks y-o I'll print these off for future use.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 17/02/2010 20:35:15 »
Yes, I *proudly* lifted it from a course in ethics :)
But my questions still stands.

1. Are they correct?
2. Do you think they work?
3. Do you find them fitting for life?

Although I think you answered 3. Graham.
And on a very personal level too :)


I will keep this brief, because that is all it needs.

All the above rules hinge solely on one thing, people actually giving a damn.
If people don't give a monkeys what you are up to then no amount of manipulation or facade will work.That will only happen if they are blinded by it. 
You only need one perceptive person to see through you, and the others will become influenced by them. After that, you are powerless.

See - it worked!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 17/02/2010 21:37:21 »
Variola, in a way I can agree to it. But there are a lot of people being 'revealed' by some that still will have a growing multitude following them, even after others 'out' them. 'Cults' are an easy example of that. But if  you look at the way politicians try to avoid giving definite answers, and always will have as they see it, plausible explanations why it's you misunderstanding rather than them saying one thing and then doing another I would say that rule 3. seems to work too :)
 

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