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.
读者评论 Readers' comments
第一本英文课外书，把人性写得很有层次感，金句很多，比如“你的价值/安全感来自工作和爱，而非来自外人”，“可可香奈儿、伊丽莎白一世，都是把男性特质、女性特质融合得好的范例(femininity blends well with masculinity)”
对人之所以有特定行为的深层检讨: 作者引用了历史人物的故事来分析特定场合下的特定行为之原因, 以及大量讨论通过了解一个人的过去来了解品格, 从而理解他(她)现在行事风格的形成原因 - 这一点在西方可能会让人不舒服, 也已经有书评指出了作者的这个缺陷; 不过, 要了解这么深不可测又变幻莫测的人心, 总得有一个出发点不是? 对于我们普通人来说, 他的这一套叙事足够让我们应付生活日常中的人际互动. 作者也不是心理工作者, 但是他见得太多了. 据他说, 他做过大约80种工作. 自打从威斯康辛大学经典文学系毕业以来, 他做过建筑工人, 也做过翻译和好莱坞编剧. 本书上架以后, 一如作者之前的作品:被监狱的犯人们追捧, 而被公司高管们集体唾弃. 谁会承认自己看过英文世界里的<厚黑学>呢
Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law. His highly anticipated fifth book, Mastery, examines the lives of great historical figures such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, Paul Graham and Henry Ford and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters. In addition to having a strong following within the business world and a deep following in Washington, DC, Greene's books are hailed by everyone from war historians to the biggest musicians in the industry (including Jay-Z and 50 Cent).
Greene attended U.C. Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles.