The Concise Laws of Human Nature

The Concise Laws of Human Nature
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Rating: 4.6/5

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Profile Books

Publishing Date: 30th April 2020

Language: English

Genre: Psychology

ISBN-10: 1788161564

ISBN-13: 978-1788161565

Format: Paperback

Pages: 304

Cost: Rs. 215 (Paperback), Rs. 204.25 (Kindle Edition)


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 Concise Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.


A book on self-development and social dynamics, ‘The Concise Laws Of Human Nature’ tells that one can become wiser, find one’s calling, and pour one’s energy into making dreams come true, all while improving relationships.

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.

It provides insight on the ways others are manipulating you and advice so that you can harness your powers and become more socially intelligent; through these chapters: See Through People’s Masks, Get to Know Your Dark Side, Beware the Fragile Ego, Make Them Want to Follow You, Become an Elusive Object of Desire.

As Greene himself puts it in a statement, “The 48 Laws of Power advocates a strategic approach to life and teaches you to better defend yourself against the sharks out there. The new book requires some similar skills, but it goes much more deeply into the psychology behind people’s behaviour… It gives you a more profound understanding of people’s motivations, including your own.”

The book provides 588 pages on 48 aspects of humanity through the lens of history, philosophy, psychology, and wisdom to explain how people behave. Greene has identified 18 laws of human nature, all of which are categorised into an individual chapter.

He argues that, as social animals, it is essential to understand our own motivations and those of our associates in order to function more effectively. And he tells the tales of cultural heroes and demons throughout time to show how their tendencies were used positively or negatively or both.

The book goes well beyond the surface level of appearances and into deep psychological territory.

Greene draws on the vast literature of psychology from the last 100 years from the likes of Freud, Yung, Klein, Kahneman, Nietzsche, Aronson, and many others.

He ties these psychological concepts in with historical figures and events including the likes of Coco Chanel, Lyndon Johnson, Napoleon, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others.

The book highlights the need for us to become aware of our shadow and embrace it!

About the Author:

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 speaks several languages and has worked as a translator. In 1995 he was involved in the planning and creation of the art school Fabrica, outside Venice, Italy. There he met Joost Elffers, the New York book packager, and discussed with him his idea for a book on power and manipulation, the ultimate modern version of Machiavelli's The Prince.

Robert and Joost became partners and in 1998, The 48 Laws of Power was born. The book has been a national and international bestseller and has been translated into 17 languages. In 2001, Robert released his second book, The Art of Seduction, which is more than a sequel to The 48 Laws; it is both a handbook on how to wield the ultimate form of power and a detailed look at the greatest seducers in history.

The third in this highly anticipated series of books, The 33 Strategies of War, hit bookstores in January 2006 and offers a strategic look behind the movements of War in application to everyday life. In addition to having a strong following within the business world and a deep following in Washington, DC, these books are also being hailed by everyone from war historians to some of the heaviest hitters in the rap world (including Jay-Z and 50 Cent).

The popularity of these books along with their vast and fiercely loyal audience proves these are profound, timeless lessons from historical leaders that still ring true in today's culture. Robert currently lives in Los Angeles.