The Laws of Human Nature
By Robert Greene
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene is the quintessential guide to human motivation. Greene has already written some popular books in the Self-Help genre, with best-sellers like Mastery, The 48 Laws of Power and others… So, this definitely isn’t his first rodeo. But in this book, Greene takes his usual style of writing—detailed, historical story-telling—and unleashes it on the many facets of human nature. In this book, Greene provides us with in-depth insights on the human psyche: What motivates human beings to act in a certain way? How can we utilize our psychological advantages (and shortcomings) to develop ourselves—personally, professionally and socially?
Here’s what you’ll learn about in this book summary:
- How to control your emotions
- How to understand human behavior
- How to elevate yourself beyond normal human shortsightedness
- How to understand and influence others more effectively by developing empathy
Understanding how to navigate the many dimensions of human emotion can provide you with an almost unfair advantage in life.
“we tend to think of our behavior as largely conscious and willed. To imagine that we are not always in control of what we do is a frightening thought, but in fact it is the reality.”
“The survival of our earliest ancestors depended on their ability to communicate with one another well before the invention of language. They evolved new and complex emotions—joy, shame, gratitude, jealousy, resentment, et cetera. The signs of these emotions could be read immediately on their faces, communicating their moods quickly and effectively.”
“For Pericles it would be nous, the ancient Greek word for “mind” or “intelligence.” Nous is a force that permeates the universe, creating meaning and order. The human mind is naturally attracted to this order; this is the source of our intelligence.”