D is for the Dark Side

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A concept that Greene explores throughout all his books, especially The Art of Seduction. Akin to Carl Jung’s “shadow,” the basic premise is this: we all have a dark side, a part of our personality that no one ever sees, but we all know is there. It is the part of our personality that we hide from the world, but which comes out in glimpses – in little lies we tell or maneuvers we make, or in strong emotional reactions to something.

Typically the dark side is filled with a lot of aggression and insecurity. If you pay attention to people – to their body language, to their reactions, to what they say when they are vulnerable – you can form a better picture of what their dark sides are.