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The Laws of Human Nature

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Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, 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-defence.

©2018 Robert Greene (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Ed
  • 10-11-2018

highly recommended. Greene's best work so far

this book builds on Greene's previous ideas and beliefs and combines them to reveal his philosophy on how to live. his analysis on some well known and some lesser known literary and cultural figures was incredible

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Absolutely phenomenal

Robert Greene has managed to articulate the most interesting and thought provoking aspects of life into a single book. The narration is outstanding and the content is an absolute MUST for anyone who wants to understand human beings on a deeper level. I can not recommend this book highly enough.

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A classic !

This is a spot-on, honoust observation of human nature, one of the most insightful books on this topic I encountered to date. The author has a remarkable ability to see through learned behaviour into the motives driven by human nature. Based on the same principles as his previous book, The 48 Laws of Power, but applied wider, this book discusses human nature in a straightforward manner, illustrated by fascinating biographies, and then coaches readers how to respond to those human behaviour in others and oneself, and apply aspects of our nature positively, rather than destructively. This book helped me more than any other selfimprovement book. I listened to this book 3 times, and bought it in hard copy for future reference.
The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to.

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Massive book

Feels like listening to a thesis in its enormity and essay like structure. I found it lacked personality. However, that said it's commentary is thoughtful and profound. Good listen but unsure of whether it's worth giving 28 hours to.

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Should be in every school!

How this man managed to condense so many psychological theories into a simple narrative is beyond me. The books' structure starts each chapter with a 'story' and then deconstructs whatever the chapter is titled - greed, dishonesty, ego etc. I have listened to this book over and over again and always manage to learn/find something new. It's a novel, a guide, and a study. Now I listen to the book and also read my hard copy in unison, writing notes on the pages. It's fascinatingly obvious what Robert writes but you don't actually realise this until you read his theories, A truly magnificent book!

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Outstanding!

Robert Greene has a way of explaining extremely complex topics in the simplest way. His style of writing grows neurons as you read, or better yet listen. Words that inspire, you feel immersed in the story, and as a result your smarter for it too. Robert Greene pulls together stories from history, to help explain the facts of the present, as we all know history repeats. The Laws of Human Nature is a must read or listen. I purchased the audio book and, was that impressed, I purchased the physical book too.

You don't have to read this cover to cover to understand the concepts, you can actually pick a chapter and just read what's relevant to your current situation. The book covers human nature from several different angles. Helping you to realise yourself better, interpret others better, empower you to 'take on toxic types', human motivations, and will give you the power to alter negative patterns.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make sense of humans on a deeper level. As Robert Greene conceptualises, "You're about to become a student of human nature".

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If I was an alien with one book to choose...

...on understanding humans, perhaps faced with the task of becoming one myself, this is the one I'd choose.

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Between Freud and Maquiavelo

For people who is pragmatic, learn through analogies and loves the study of the human mind

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genius

this guy is a genius. the way he teaches lessons followed by historical examples makes it very easy to absorb

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The best Robert Greene’s book ever

This was an amazing trip through the real wisdom. Robert Greene is the real master!

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  • amogha
  • 05-06-2019

I love Robert greene.. But this book was not

After chapter one.. I am confused.. Its a brilliant book but cannot understand what he wants me to learn

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  • Rodney van Royden
  • 29-04-2019

worth listening to but lack of supporting evidence

worth listening to but lack of supporting evidence presented.

A good reminder of one cynical interpretation of human nature

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  • Reader
  • 28-03-2019

Beautiful book. Peaceful narration. Must read.

This book dethroned 48 Laws of power as my favourite. There's a lot of immediate take aways. The narration was at the right pace. Overall well done. Recommended.

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  • Mr. Wayne Ramsay
  • 29-01-2019

Great reference book

A useful aid to navigating the complexities of life and self. I felt compelled to share and gifted to friends and family

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-2018

Lots of knowledge, but too much to grasp

this book is filled with so much information and knowledge, that I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed by it.

a workbook or a more structured summary would be a great advantage. some practical guidance for implementing these ideas into daily life would also be appreciated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2020

Amazing

I loved it all the way. Such a lovely piece of work to be honest

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  • john
  • 20-02-2020

Wow!

Best book I have listened too in a while. Well done Robert! How you are able to break down history into beautiful stores and explain the learning is incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2019

The Laws of Human Nature

This has to be most relevant piece of literature I have ever come across in my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2019

Deep and insightful

This book is the perfect book to understand Human-beings from a psychological point of view. And it allows you to understand others as well as yourself better.
I liked that there are practical advices on each chapter on how to deal with whatever the chapter was about.
I would recommend this book to anyone, because everyone of us will have to deal with people at some point during the day or night. So it would be wise to know who you’re dealing with, and this book helps!

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  • Nii
  • 09-09-2019

Reality Check

The stories of this book give you a jolting awakening back into the real world

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  • david joel rodrigues ferreira
  • 08-11-2018

Amazing as always

It truly gives us an understanding of what it means to be human. Thanks again Robert and all the best with your recovery

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  • Naz
  • 17-02-2019

can be useful

I have just finished this very interesting audiobook. Indeed full of tips and deep analyses of the diverse human personalities and feelings out there. The analyses support the common perceptions about human nature out there but with elegance and clarity that would give you a deeper understanding by the end. However my problem is I couldn't help but notice again and again the extremely cynical tone of the audiobook: basically essentially everyone is out there to get you. I'm not questioning this and not interested in that as it is very subjective. In fact the audiobook is an exercise in subjectivity of the author. Although I would say I learnt much from the little stories about the various historical figures! I would recommend this with a condition, selectively pick the tips of the book. And remember mindfulness and compassion are a better approach to connecting with people (to be fair he says presence is important)! And for goodness' sake don't manipulate people as the author recommends at points!!! Yes true story!🤨

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  • henoc mimbo
  • 12-11-2018

God bless Robert Greene, this is exceptional

This Book is perhaps his best, it consolidates all his previous ideas to great this master piece

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  • Chevonne
  • 29-06-2019

Great book and very relevant for our times

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have also bought the hard copy but as it's about 800 pages long and I have a young baby i was struggling to find the time to finish. i got to just over 400 pages and really wanted to read the rest so bought it on audible. Best decision

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  • Kenya
  • 31-10-2018

Brilliant.

Essential reading for everyone. Extremely well written and thought provoking. I simply love this book and I'm sure to re-read it. Having also read "48 Laws of Power" and "The 50th Law", I highly recommend Robert Greene's style of writing.

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  • Sam Smith
  • 13-11-2018

Robert Greene's magnum opus

If you are a human and you've ever had a thought or feeling buy this book.

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  • Gurch Singh Dhallu
  • 07-05-2020

Awesome book

Didn't realise how I was just stumbling along in life. This has opened my eyes. Makes you realise there are reasons why your life is they way it is and how you can be conscious of it and make changes knowledgeably

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  • harroon ali
  • 29-04-2020

Amazing book

Loved every minute of this book, really worth the buy, I've read all the Robert greene books, this one by far the best

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  • Wojciech
  • 23-02-2020

highly enjoyable and enlightening

perhaps it should be viewed as episode 1 to other works by R. Greene, I would recommend this book first before any of his previous books.

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  • K. Nwangwu
  • 14-10-2019

The observations of just everyday normal people.

After reading the 48 Laws of Power (1998) and impressed I had high expectations for this book.

If I wanted to be too harsh I'd sum it up as codswallop.

That said, if you have a long flight and want a good story to keep you awake, read this!

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