Friday, August 31, 2012

48 Laws Of Power: Laws 11-21

1.    Learn To keep People Dependent on You:Figure out how to make people dependent on me. Independence is not power. You will always need others as allies, pawns, or even weak masters to serve as your front.
2.    Use Selective Honesty and Generosity To Disarm Your Victim:  Use Generosity before asking for things. Selective honesty is best used on the first encounter.
3.     When Asking For Help appeal to people’s self interest:  Always ask yourself what the other person wants. When people ooze greed do not appeal to their charity when they ooze charity do not appeal to their greed.
4.     Pose as a friend work as a spy: 
5.    Crush Your Enemy Totally:  Go further when opportunities to crush enemies arise.
6.    Use Absence To Increase Honor And Respect:  Remove myself strategically from spheres of influence.
7.    Keep Others In Suspended Terror; Cultivate an Air Of Unpredictability: Be More unpredictable, break your own patterns.
8.     Isolation is dangerous: Become a man of the people.
9.    Know who you’re dealing with and do not offend the wrong person: Avoid offending anyone.
10.Do Not Commit To Anyone:  Always Turn Down First Offers. Do not inadvertently feel obligated to anyone.  
11.Play A Sucker To Catch A Sucker:  Stop Trying to prove I’m smart. Only use intelligence to conceal deception.


  1. Bad ass book. I bought the audio book as soon as you put up the first post, but im going to get the regular one too to really understand the laws.

  2. Anonymous4:44 AM

    you seriously are leading more and more into the path of a sociopath jon. look up the definition in the dsm-IV. talk with someone over your issues since it seems like you are getting worse.

    1. jesus christ... don't look anything up in the dsm-IV it's a big fat lie so psychiatrists can trap people with fucked up brain drugs

  3. Anonymous8:36 AM

    This is really kind of an indirect reworking of "The Art of War". Very similar premises. A little up there in the air a bit "dreamy" and "new agey" but all pretty much common sense.

  4. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Narcissists Handbook?

    This is great advice for a perennial 'nice guy', but give this to the socially awkward spongs that make up a large percentage of the community, and they will be truly lost.

    Unnecessary, and liable to cause serious isolation in life.

  5. Anonymous11:49 PM

    power and empathy can be on opposite ends of a continuum. Some of the tecnhiques for gaining power are machivellian and unempathetic / sociopathic. But both drives are present in people even if they are in conflict with each other. How many drives do you have that are in complete opposition to each other? I believe the key is to build up power in a way that doesnt manipulate people.

    Once you have power then it is a matter of understanding human nature and how others can be sociopathic or machivellian in their dealings with you. Not knowing the laws of power in that situation is pure naivete.

  6. Anonymous6:50 PM

    Sounds Machiavellian. This is evil if over done. Useful in measured doses.