An Exploration of Dark Game through ‘The 48 Laws Of Power’ by Robert Greene. (Part 1 of 5) Read at your own risk.

An Exploration of Dark Game through ‘The 48 Laws Of Power’ by Robert Greene (Part 1 of 5)

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Dark Game

The shadow version of the game. The part that deals with the dark impulses men and women have, that allows it’s wielder to manipulate, express, satisfy and purge, the dark, shame-based and sexual sides within himself and the women he interacts with. 

The Shadow: (This is what ‘Dark Game’ manipulates.)

IJungian psychology, the "shadow", "Id", or "shadow aspect/archetype" may refer to (1) an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself, or (2) the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.

  • Wikipedia

Aggressive impulses, taboo mental images, shameful experiences, immoral urges, fears, irrational wishes, unacceptable sexual desires—these are a few examples of shadow aspects, things people contain but do not admit to themselves that they contain.

  • Jack E Othon,, Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Ultimate Guide to the Human Dark Side

    The Dark Triad: (This is how ‘Dark Game’ manipulates)

In psychology, the dark triad refers to the personality traits of narcissismMachiavellianism, and psychopathy.[1][2][3][4] They are called "dark" because of their malevolent qualities.[5][1][6][7]

People scoring high on these traits are more likely to commit crimes, cause social distress and create severe problems for an organization, especially if they are in leadership positions.

They also tend to be less compassionate, agreeable, empathetic, satisfied with their lives, and less likely to believe they and others are good.[8]

All three dark triad traits are conceptually distinct although empirical evidence shows them to be overlapping. They are associated with a callous-manipulative interpersonal style.[9]


This essay will introduce the reader to ‘Dark Game’ as it relates to each of ‘The 48 Laws Of Power’ by Robert Greene.

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene: ( Practical, actionable, principles on ‘Dark Game’ implementation)

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

In the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Law 1

Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior.  In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity.  Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.


Respect the door-man, the bouncers, the bartender, and the waitresses wherever and whenever you go out.

In fact, go further and genuinely greet them, ask them how they are especially the door-man and bouncers.


Simply put, they are tasked with protecting and serving you. Anyone of them could very easily ruin your night. Condescending to them will never work out in your favor. Do you know that guy or gal outside arguing with security? The one that says’s ‘Do you know who I am!?’ The one that looks stupid to everyone? Don’t be that guy.

Conversely, they can let you in with no cover, let you cut the line, as aforementioned protect you from physical and social harm, and if you tip well, make you look like the man to everyone else. They can even keep you from getting arrested if a dumb altercation happens.

As importantly, be nice to everyone especially the less attractive girls and friends, of targets.

Being nice to less attractive girl’s show you are a protector that does not seek to isolate those weaker than you. So ask them to dance and flirt with them, don’t be afraid you will hurt their feelings, they know you are being nice. 

As for being nice to the friend’s of a target, that’s elementary, they are the ones that can cockblock you and pull your target away at any time.

So be the cocky badass motherfucker you are, but when it comes to non-targets, they have a lot of power. So Never Outshine the Master. As for your target, outshine her every chance you get.

Law 2

Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies

Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.  They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove.  In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies.  If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.


Never go out sarging, with untrained wings/friends, unless they are there to learn, they WILL cock-block you.

It’s not that they are bad people, a lot of it will be inadvertent, but enough of it will be purposeful.

The Truth is your friends love you and want what’s best for you, just as long as it’s not better than what they have or can get.

The same goes for discussing ‘game’ with uninitiated friends, they’re still in the ‘Feminine Matrix’ and can’t or won’t understand what you are doing or why. They will call you creepy and wrong. This is how strongly feminized society has become.

Never make friends with strange guys or girls for that matter while you are inset or approaching. They are there for the same reason you are, and they will not hesitate to ‘play’ you in front of your target. They will appear friendly and wait for an opening to steal your set or barring that try to sabotage you in one way or another, and they won’t think twice about it. 

Last of course is polarization. Don’t let the possibility of rejection keep you from expressing your TRUE self, whoever that may be (within reason). Because it is better to be rejected by 99 okay girls to get to that 1, that wants what you want and is what you want.

Law 3

Conceal your Intentions

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.  If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.  Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.


Upon entering any venue you wish to sarge in, it is a mistake to lunge into set. There are too many variables. Better to spend some time in the background doing recon, working out relationships, surreptitiously scoping out the targets (what if you get into set with a woman and immediately see another set you would rather be in? Answer leave your current set, immediately. But why piss off a set, when it can be avoided?)

Never go in guns blazing or as the SEALS say, “don’t run to your death”. First contact should never just be about getting her, first make sure SHE is worth your time, first before spitting your ‘game’.

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

-Sun Tzuu

Win before you even enter the venue, know who you are, what you want, and what you will do when you meet her.

There is a force to going in with a plan, that men without one simply do not have. And humans can feel it. Do not explain it, simply do it. 

“Kneel before me. I said... kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”

-Loki, The Avengers

He’s the bad guy, but he’s not wrong. I mean he IS wrong but he is not incorrect. Why else would most people work jobs they hate?

Too much? O.k, put another way everyone wants to be led at one point or another, to give up control and go on a fantastic voyage, and adventure. Why? Simple, humans think in stories and the best stories are the ones where you don’t know where it is going.

You’re being watched so lead the whole bar in a dance, make them guess what you are up to.

Law 4

Always Say Less than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control.  Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike.  Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.  The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.


Clubs are loud for a reason, the smallest thing that matters is what you say, next is how you say it, the most important thing is how you look when you say it.

So stop obsessing over what you want to say. Better to say it with confidence, conviction, and real emotion. (This is why I tell students to say whatever they want within reason) but it has to be something you feel strongly about, it could be about accounting! Your job is simply to relate it to her.

Part 2

Texting and social media.

Say less than necessary. Texts should simply be about solving meeting logistics. You can’t attract her over text, you can’t build comfort over text, and she definitely can’t seduce you over text.

However you can have a virtual relationship over text and social media, she won’t really know you and you won’t really know her. How many times have you texted with a woman on tinder and when you meet, she looks nothing like her pictures? That’s a virtual relationship.

Other examples of virtual relationships are long-distance relationships, and messages sent over social media.

The attraction of texting and social media ‘dating’ is the fear of rejection. So ask yourself, who is she meeting with in real life, while you waste time building a relationship on social media and through text?

Note: You can get girls to meet you over text and social media and girls will claim to want to get to know you before the meeting. Fine! Do enough and just enough to meet, figure out your own cut off point. But don’t let it become a virtual relationship.

Law 5

So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life

Reputation is the cornerstone of power.  Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides.  Make your reputation unassailable.  Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.  Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.  Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.


This applies to social circle game.  Your reputation is a super powerful polarization device, in that it should repel the women you don’t want but attract the women you do.

Act with confidence, follow your dreams and don’t give a fuck about hate, because the thing a lot of women will hate you for is the same thing that the women you ‘want’ will be very attracted to you for. And the truth is… brace yourself this is a hard pill to swallow…you’re not supposed to be with everyone.

Law 6

Court Attention at all Cost

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.  Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion.  Stand out.  Be conspicuous, at all cost.  Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.


This one is simple, work out, bulk up, fix your teeth, your skin and get a haircut that matches your face. Throw away clothes you don’t like or you don’t look good in. (Pro tip: The clothes you look good in will get consistent compliments.) Your clothes should actually fit your body. And finally, figure out what tribe you belong to and dress accordingly. I dress, semi-formal, (polos, khakis) biker (leather jacket) and cowboy (hat, buckle, boots) but what ties it all together is I work out and do martial arts. I’m a lone warrior no matter what I’m wearing.

You might be the All-American, the intellectual, the athlete, or the cool nerd.

Peacocking Pro tips:

Women have excellent peripheral vision, so they can see you, even if they aren’t ‘looking’ at you. 9 out of 10 if she is looking directly at you, you have provoked an emotion.

Human eyes are drawn to details, so shoes, hats, belt buckles and jewelry are looked at. But the most looked at things are symbols on the chest. 

 Law 7

Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.  Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.  In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.  Never do yourself what others can do for you.


The fastest way to get someone to like you, is not to do something for them and have them be indebted to you, but rather to ask them to do something for you, so you seem indebted to them.

Pro tip: Always accept favors, even the ones you don’t really want, one leads to another, but you saying ‘No’ stops the process.

So make it a habit of, waving girls over, asking them to buy you drinks. To save you a dance, to kiss you on the cheek, for hugs, etc.

 Law 8

Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control.  It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process.  Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack.  You hold the cards.


Whenever you can ask girls to come to you. In a social venue, make it a habit of waving girls over or waiting for them to settle next to you.

Pro tip: You will always know when a girl is coming over for you if you stop be still and notice. They begin by dancing in front of you or stand near you with their backs to you. However, wait too long to open and they will walk away. From her perspective, you’re just not interested.

Same Night Pulls:

Make it a habit of asking girls, to come over to your place, it’s late they came to meet guys and were unsuccessful.

Do you honestly think they got gussied up to go home empty-handed? Pun intended.

The truth is girls hate going home alone just as much, possibly even more than guys do. They just have to be more selective about it, so make it easy for them.

Invite them back mention what you have waiting for them, alcohol, weed, that cool ‘thing’ you have for them to check out. (NOT ‘THAT’ cool thing.) Avoid bringing up sex before she does. In fact actively stress just hanging out. You’d be surprised how often they leave with you or how much the attempt cements seeing her again.

Note: Like getting a girl’s number or even opening, you can’t ‘half-step’ on this, you have to go ALL IN, when you ask. If she senses any hesitation, she will be forced to say ‘No’.


Law 9

Win through your Actions, Never through Argument

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory:  The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion.  It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word.  Demonstrate, do not explicate.


Never directly show interest with words, instead, show interest with actions, hold her, look in her eyes, dance with her, try to kiss her, if she turns away it doesn’t matter, if she stays, she likes you. SMILE at her tough guy!

 Note: Yes! You are more likely to get rejected, just based on numbers, but the weird thing is you are also more likely to succeed based on numbers.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get rejected on the way to what I want, than never getting rejected and never getting what I want.

So STOP fearing rejection!

Law 10

Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease.  You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.  The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you.  Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.


Don’t approach women with ‘bitch shields up’ don’t stay inset if she won’t engage with you, wordlessly leave or excuse yourself, and never EVER try to comfort a girl crying! More likely than not she is a drama-queen don’t try to get a part in the craziness that is her movie.

Leave, the obese, the unstable, the hot messes and single mothers ALONE!

Pro tip: If a girl seems nice but her friends are bitchy RUN! Her friends are actually warning you, she is probably the worst of them. Don’t take my word for it.

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

-Proverbs 13:20

Gori ‘The Truth’ Olufon is the top Men’s dating coach in the D.C area.

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