Robert Greene || Strategy, Seduction, and the Sublime

December 30, 2021

In this episode, I talk to international bestselling author Robert Greene about strategy, seduction, and the sublime. Robert implores us to get comfortable with the dark side of human nature and society. He argues that by acknowledging the reality of human interactions, we can use certain strategies to help us effectively navigate the workplace, our relationships, and daily life. We also touch on the topics of empathy, imagination, charisma, power, and his upcoming book on transcendence and the sublime.

Chatting with Robert is always such a delight as we have many mutual areas of interest. I have been a long-time admirer of his books, and remember reading them in college and thinking that he seems to just get it. I hope you enjoyed this high-level discussion as much as I did.


Robert Greene is an author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in classical studies. He has written six international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature. Recently, he published The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery. Greene’s books are hailed by everyone from war historians to the biggest musicians in the industry including Jay-Z, Drake, and 50 Cent.

Website: powerseductionandwar.com

Twitter: @RobertGreene


  • Robert’s health
  • The Daily Laws
  • What is a radical realist?
  • Empathy is like a telepathic connection
  • The human desire for fantasy
  • Etiquette is deception
  • How to live with the harsh truths of reality
  • Poeticize your presence
  • Channel pain into charisma
  • Stop being so nice all the time
  • Mix harshness and kindness
  • The primary law of human nature
  • Embrace your dark side
  • Schadenfreude vs mitfreude
  • The Pygmalion Effect
  • The integration of the shadow
  • The Law of the Sublime
  • The “post-mortem life”
  • The sublime is in the everyday

One Response to “Robert Greene || Strategy, Seduction, and the Sublime”

  1. Alpis says:

    Hi Scott,
    I love your podcast, so thanks for sharing!
    Just wanted to point you to a funny connection: Paul Bloom and you asked yourselves what friendship is about. In this episode, Robert referred to Nietzsch’s “Mitfreude”. In “Menschliches, Allzumenschliches”, Nietzsche states “Mitfreude, not Mitleiden defines the friend” (mitleiden is the word Robert was trying to make up and means sympathy).
    I don’t think the answer is that simple, but it might be a nice thought at least.

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