Voices in the Dark
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Join us as we begin our exploration of Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of the 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.
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017 - Exploring The 48 Laws of Power - Keep Others In Suspended Terror: Cultivate An Air Of Unpredictability
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Keep Others In Suspended Terror - Cultivate An Air Of Unpredictability You'd have enormous power if you could predict the future. Learning to predict other people is the next best thing to a crystal ball... but, of course, your own behaviour must remain nebulous, fluid and unpredictable if you want to keep that advantage. This week, we talk about the international chess wars between the USA and the USSR; the costs of using Law 17 on the wrong person; how and uncover more examples of #accidentalpower. FULL NOTES: http://voicesinthedark.world/2016/09/26/keep-others-in-s…power-episode-17/ What are you telling the world by the way you present yourself, and how can you control the message other people receive? We ponder when unpredictability shades into a reputation for being a loose cannon; Dre's junior school trauma from being treated as a 'sensitive boy'; and how hard-wired the limitations of his autism may be when it comes to predicting and understanding other people's behaviours. Jon reflects on the recent death of a friend – someone who always sidestepped expectations and was always unapologetically himself, in bursts of unpredictable creativity and confusion – and thinks how wrong he was to try to make that friend fit into a familiar categories. We think about what it means to be a genius, and whether the truly special people inevitably have traumatic lives because they simply cannot and will not fit into neatly-defined boxes. As ever, we are your guides to this, Law 17, and we discuss how to use it and how it can apply to real life situations. But this episode is also the most revealing, personal, and reflective that we've done; it might very well be our best to date. This Episode includes: People's unceasing desire to put you in a box so you're neatly labelled and categorised. Resist the limitations they try to impose on you and reap the rewards! Visual communication: what are you telling the world by the way you dress? And can you control the way you'll be interpreted? Are there limits to free expression without incurring violence and backlash? How stereotypes and shortcuts shape (and control) the way we think – how can we avoid thinking in hieroglyphics? The power of making