So this community turned the opposite sex into a logical problem which could be solved.
These men went online and started comparing notes and running experiments.
But, he says: “at the same time, there are decent, well-meaning guys out there who want to have meaningful relationships, and who get very sad that things keep going wrong for them, who just need a few pointers about how their behaviour is perceived – and what kinds of approaches would work better; and why.” Perhaps the hypothetical shy, awkward guy in the bar I described at the beginning of the piece is looking for just that, and perhaps he has a better chance of finding it with this framework around him.
But, I feel, it is more likely that framework will help him cement the idea of women as a different, inferior species, to be manipulated, hit with "negs", and preyed-upon.
It was a New York Times bestseller, as was an exposé written by Neil Strauss).
The Mystery Method was discussed on pretty much every news-talk show known to man.
Flirtation is not a war, requiring battle-plans and set-pieces, it is just a part of how humans interact with each other.
The systematisation of this natural interaction, however, turns it into a manipulative deception. The first are the proper pick-up artists featured in , who use neuro-linguistic and other more serious tricks, a sort of mind-control for seduction, which is creepy because it undermines female agency of choice and control – but also because it appears, at least superficially, to work.
“You know,” he says, “you look just like my little sister.” You may never have come across this bizarre phenomenon before, but in various forms it is being practised as a seduction technique around the world. The idea is to undermine a woman's confidence by making backhanded or snide remarks – give a compliment with one hand, and take away with the other.“Writing this kind of stuff down as if its some kind of sensational trick just gives women a reason to get suspicious about a totally normal part of human interaction,” says a (male) commenter on the discussion thread I started. ” How many of us have teased, or been cheeky, or been the recipient of such, without thinking?“It's nothing more than good natured teasing, that someone decided to coin as 'negging'. The problem I have is with the systematising, the same as explaining a joke scientifically – it kills it.They stole aspects of neuro-linguistic programming, evolutionary psychology, and some of the techniques of the salesman – the “close”, and so on. They wrote field reports detailing what worked, and what didn't. I put out an appeal online to look for someone who had successfully used negging and would be willing to defend it, and get an immediate response from Dan. “I like to think of it like currency: every insult increases the value of my compliment stock - which I then choose to spent wisely at maximum value and the most opportune moment for maximum effect to make my acquisition.” There it is: “acquisition”. Talk of “targets”, “acquisitions”, “sets” and so on put my teeth on edge.Language has power, and if every interaction with the opposite sex is coloured by a certain vernacular set – in this case the metaphors are all militaristic or hunting ones, perhaps with video games as their origin – then that is likely to colour the way the people who use it think about women at a fundamental level, even if they did not already think of them in this way. The description might be unpleasant, but what is being described is actually quite close to how ordinary flirtatious conversation works.“I had been feeling quite low, as had recently ended a long-term relationship, and he came up to me and said something like 'you're a bit less hot than your friend, but it's OK, because I fancy you.' Obviously I am a smart, intelligent, confident and successful woman, so should have thrown something at him; but instead I was charmed.