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The Laws of Human Nature

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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 - unders
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Viking
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Ryan Boissonneault
Pros: a great primer on the psychological tendencies that pull us all in certain directions, mostly to the detriment of our rational goals. Robert Greene identifies 18 such “laws,” providing historical and biographical sketches that demonstrate each law in practice. He then provides strategies for turning each law—with its inherent self-destructive tendencies—into an advantage. The author draws on a vast storehouse of examples, and his emphasis on rationality and examples from ancient Greece are ...more
Fabian Il.
Very solid book on the topic. I would call them tendencies instead of strict laws especially because some are not really universal. Also there could have been more evolutionary psychology for there is nothing more fundamental to our nature plus the cognitive biases could have been added (some are mentioned like the most fundamental pain avoidance/ pleasure seeking). But all in all really enjoyable book.

Gary Moreau
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much of discovery is a search for patterns. What links to what? Which variables are related? But patterns aren’t always signs of connection or influence. They can be causal or merely coincidental. And they are seldom universal.

Which is exactly why such a high percentage of scientific discovery turns out to be incorrect, or at least not complete. There is a pattern, but it’s not THE pattern – or at least not the only pattern. And, of course, patterns tend to change over time for a nearly infin
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waiting
Robert Greene again looks at everything from distance. He mentions a lot of names, so his story can hold to something, but in fact, his research is awful.

When he mentions Disney park in Paris, he mentions that the park wasn't a success because people in France "don't like to stay in lanes. They also expect beer and wine in theme parks, and there was a lack of such a beverage.

I recently read another book, also mentioning this park. The author saw that Paris Disneyland was set up the same way USA
Akhil Jain
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My fav quotes (not a review):
-Page 29 |
"In his conception, the human mind has to worship something, has to have its attention directed to something it values above all else. For most people, it is their ego; for some it is their family, their clan, their god, or their nation. For Pericles it would be nous, the ancient Greek word for “mind” or “intelligence.” Nous is a force that permeates the universe, creating meaning and order. The human mind is naturally attracted to this order; this is the s
Dustan Woodhouse
Just hit repeat once you’re finished it.

And again.
And again.

This content is the stuff of life, business, love, etc.

Robert Greene will be looked back on hundreds of years from now as one of the great thinkers of our time.
Jonathan Metze
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
must read if you have to interact with... anyone
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest book of Robert Greene is bound to become a classic. The author of 48 laws of power, Seduction, Mastery and Power has brought out a near comprehensive study of the human dimensions. These are complex at the same time contradictory and changing as well. The author delves deep into the life story of select individuals who had reached the pinnacle of their careers. Distils the essence of their human nature. And also summarises the actions one needs to take as an apprentice while being com ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Greene is a great collector of information and a great writer. His snippets of history are interesting and his lessons are also good ones and when you first read it, it feels very insightful. But with just a little reflection, the connection sort of falls apart. The lessons don't really match the stories--and the lessons aren't all that new. I read it not in one sitting--just here and there when I was in the mood and that was not a bad way to read. Just interesting reminders to pay attent ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever highlighted as much in a book as in this one. It gave me answers to probably 90% of questions concerning humans that I have floating around my mind.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe Greene's whole oeuvre has been an elaborate plot to decrease chaos in the world. He has written some of the most popular apologies for cynicism since Machiavelli, but then his last book was a brilliant manual for competent creative people on how to be productive despite all the unethical jerks out there.
Mastery by Robert Greene

This newest book, while still full of interesting historical anecdotes, is something of a mess. Some of the comments Greene makes indicate that he has understood that a culture of corrupt
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great work by one of my favourite authors. Honestly, the book could finished on page 400, what follows is a fascinating narrative told through many seemingly random stories to prove certain points of human nature. Never have I expected to find an elaborate biography of Chekhov or a 40-page French Revolution 101 course in this book.

A must read for all the fans of 48 Laws of Power.
I got mine on the 18th from Chapters Indigo! I was worried they would deliver it late but I got mine before release!

I do miss the layout style of his other classic books however I can see this as a move to make them even more timeless. I do sense the typical Hollywood Anti Trump anger at times, which betrays the wisdom of the book, not because I stand on either side but the principles of power, war, and seduction are fact, not opinion. Why editorialize? Overall, it's great, he's still the master
Geoff Bartakovics
My favorite kind of self-help read. The Robert Greene books are like Plutarch's Lives of famous people for the modern age: each "law" of human nature is demonstrated by an anecdote from history or literature. Not as good as Law of Power or Laws of Seduction, because this is much broader and therefore more rambling. But a lot of fun.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads more like a textbook than a normal book. This book presents a wide scope of certain natural elements that pertain to humans in a universal sense. Greene talks of personality types, neuroses, empathy, narcissism etc. and after explaining these different elements of human nature he prescribes ways in which we can deal with them in ourselves and in other people. He presents the information through a mix of theory and historical anecdotes, which makes it not too bland.

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Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew before I read this book that I would love it, because the topic of human nature naturally fascinates me. I knew about 1/3rd of the way through this book that it was going to be a "6/5" - a ranking which surpasses excellence, moving me on a deeper level. I knew 2/3rds of the way through this book that I would re-read it in the future, even when certain passages triggered an uncomfortable introspection. I read those pages slowly, digesting every word of discomfort to really understand mysel ...more
Alexander Rivas
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
Wow, what a masterpiece that almost killed the author. If you have any interest in human nature, this is the go-to book. I love how he uses key social figures as examples of the particular law of human nature being played out. It goes to show the human nature that is embedded in all of us and this book should be used to recognize your flaws. To operate at a conscious level that recognizes your human nature and of others to make your life experience more pleasurable is a great goal to have.
Lady Jane
I am already a fan of Robert Greene's works, so naturally I had been anticipating the release of this book ever since he announced on Twitter that he was working on a new book on human nature. Laws of Human Nature didn't disappoint! It is an unabashed exposé of one of my favorite subjects, the contemplation of what it is to be human in all its wonders and inconsistencies. It is neither a critical judgment of nature nor a defense; it is simply a forthright and unaffected analysis of the human con ...more
Michelle Jarc
Couldn’t get in to this book. Too many long, drawn out stories. If the author could just get to the point, this book would be half as long.
Matt Cannon
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is meant to be studied. It explores the nuances of human nature in such a way that is very easy to understand, and very multifaceted and deep at the same time. The stories He uses as illustrations are quite memorable and show the lesson very well. He covers stories about people like Martin Luther King Jr, Queen Elizabeth and John D. Rockefeller to name a few. He uses real, historical stories then breaks down the law of human nature it demonstrates step by step. By the end of ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the topic of Human Behavior in this book comparatively better than to the book on power. Both books are insightful. This book had more relatable stories and analogies.
Arina Davydova
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The select man, the excellent man is urged, by interior necessity, to appeal from himself to some standard beyond himself, superior to himself, whose service he freely accepts. . . . We distinguished the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter the one who makes no demands on himself, but contents himself with what he is, and is delighted with himself. Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence . . ...more
Muddassir Ilyas
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tawfiq Arif
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Laws of Human Nature tulisan Robert Greene.

Human nature atau sifat manusia adalah kedua-dua ringkas tetapi dalam masa yang sama rumit. The Laws of Human Nature menyenaraikan 18 sifat-sifat manusia yang utama, antaranya adalah empati, kompulsif, emosi, keinginan dan lain-lain lagi.

Setiap bab membuatkan aku berfikir secara introspéksi, tentang diri sendiri, fikir tentang setiap keputusan yang telah aku bu
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall Impression: Robert Greene, with The Laws of Human Nature, crafted his finest work to date by summarizing the insights he elucidates in his previous books about the inescapable irrationality of human nature and illustrating them with refreshing historical examples gleaned from various domains of interest. The greatest strength of this book lies in Greene's skill at re-articulating facets about human nature in ways that make these otherwise vague influences startlingly visible to the reade ...more
Awet Moges
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily Robert Greene's greatest work. I had been waiting for this ever since I finished Mastery back in 2012, and was left hankering for more. I bought this the day it came out and finished not a week later.

The Laws of Human Nature goes much further than all of Greene's previous books.

The other books were about different elements in the constellation of Greene's Machiavellian universe:
48 Laws of Power focused on the laws of human behavior
33 Strategies of War was about the laws of long-term thi
T.A. Uner
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Greene, who has firmly cemented himself as an expert on human nature. The book is written in a highly enjoyable format. Going through various epochs of history utilizing examples from many public figures from the past and present.

In my humble opinion, Greene's books should be required reading at the University-Level. Perhaps, if more people read his books, and applied the information provided within, then society might have less problems.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I've enjoyed Robert Greene's previous books immensely. The 48 Laws of Power was my introduction to the Machiavellian world of power and intrigue. Each page of the book was filled with useful ways to create an aura of power and become a more powerful social creature. His later book, Mastery focused more on an improvement of the self. In this book Greene explored the ways one can learn from the various Masters who have lived before us and have made a profound impact in various areas. And it was wi ...more
Jena Barcelon
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book that has so much insight on the good and bad aspects of being human. This book definitely changed how I see my behaviour and others as well. This book is definitely worth reading and I know I’ll be reading this over and over again.
Udhara De Silva
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Robert Greene’s work. Human Nature was incredibly well researched, diverse and goes deep. The one thing I struggle with when reading any of his work (except the book he did with 50 cent) is the format of them is so dense that I can’t really read them at a stretch for too long. Perhaps this is on purpose 🤷🏾♂ amor fati! ...more
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Best-selling author and public speaker, Robert Greene was born in Los Angeles. He attended U.C. California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire; and in Hollywood as a story developer and
“You like to imagine yourself in control of your fate, consciously planning the course of your life as best you can. But you are largely unaware of how deeply your emotions dominate you. They make you veer toward ideas that soothe your ego. They make you look for evidence that confirms what you already want to believe. They make you see what you want to see, depending on your mood, and this disconnect from reality is the source of the bad decisions and negative patterns that haunt your life. Rationality is the ability to counteract these emotional effects, to think instead of react, to open your mind to what is really happening, as opposed to what you are feeling. It does not come naturally; it is a power we must cultivate, but in doing so we realize our greatest potential.” 12 likes
“If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity . . . you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral. —Arthur Schopenhauer” 6 likes
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