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The Truth: Sex, Love, Commitment, and the Puzzle of the Male Mind Kindle Edition
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This is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences.
"As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of—and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."
So begins Neil Strauss's long-awaited follow-up to The Game, the funny and slyly instructive work of immersive journalism that jump-started the international "seduction community" and made Strauss a household name—revered or notorious—among single men and women alike.
In The Truth, Strauss takes on his greatest challenge yet: Relationships. And in this wild and highly entertaining ride, he explores the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day:
- Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?
- Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness?
- What draws us to the partners we choose?
- Can we keep passion and romance from fading over time?
His quest for answers takes him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems, and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother.
What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships, and, ultimately, himself.
Searingly honest and compulsively readable, The Truth just may have the same effect on you.
If The Game taught you how to meet members of the opposite sex, The Truth will teach you how to keep them.
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In this highly acclaimed classic, New York Times and Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss embarks on a deeply personal quest to understand how to make relationships work. And to discover why infidelity, divorce, and marital unhappiness rates are so high--and what we can do about it. He explores love addiction and love avoidance; sex addiction and sex anorexia; enmeshment and abandonment; and, most important, why so many people attract the partners most likely to wound them. What he discovers about himself--and what you will discover about yourself and your partners from reading this--will change the way you date, love, and commit. It will also change your most central relationship: the one you have with yourself. "The sins of the parents are the destinies of their children," he writes. "Unless the children wake up and do something about it."--Grantland --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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In this highly acclaimed classic, New York Times and Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss embarks on a deeply personal quest to understand how to make relationships work. And to discover why infidelity, divorce, and marital unhappiness rates are so high—and what we can do about it. He explores love addiction and love avoidance; sex addiction and sex anorexia; enmeshment and abandonment; and, most important, why so many people attract the partners most likely to wound them. What he discovers about himself—and what you will discover about yourself and your partners from reading this—will change the way you date, love, and commit. It will also change your most central relationship: the one you have with yourself. “The sins of the parents are the destinies of their children,” he writes. “Unless the children wake up and do something about it.”--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00ICN31SA
- Publisher : Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 24341 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 448 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #126 in Sex Instruction (Kindle Store)
- #342 in Marriage (Kindle Store)
- #450 in Sex Instruction (Books)
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There are moments in the book where I can identify with the characters' emotions in the many different situations they experience.
It took me a week to complete, but that's saying a lot because it's the first book in a long time that I've read from start to finish.
Part of the reason I purchased this book was because when "The Game" first came out I had noticed it in a book store but did not buy it, and afterwards had "non-buyer's remorse" for not "getting in early" on the concepts of the scene I gradually grew enthusiastic about.
There are a few themes mentioned that I had also independently found helpful to healing myself, and the process often accelerates when one consciously enters into relationships with others.
Strauss scarcely speaks of group dynamics until after the credits roll, and I had found that communal living (having experienced it myself firsthand) is an essential part of our natural psyche as human beings...in many ways it is the missing piece of the puzzle, one which is hard for the vast majority of us to grab ahold of, and if we do, nearly impossible to make endure. Societies, schools, nations, neighbourhoods, workplaces and drinking house parties do not do our inner tribe justice.
Too honest for some maybe but a serious look at honesty and the important role it plays in relationships. Not just honesty with your partner but being honey with yourself.
Often unwittingly narcissistic this book shines a light on the dark place most men fear to admit,to themselves let alone women, exist.
Fun, done with great humour, and self deprecation this book is a hard to put down enjoyable ride through some of life's more uncomfortable issues.
The conclusion of the book is great, it defines what love is from Neil's perspective. My conclusion is "Be careful what you wish for."
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Neil has a way of making keeping the reader engrossed and a poignant way of imparting wisdom which so many self-help authors should envy. His demeanour always leaves me feeling as though he would be the kind of person I would be friends with, and whilst this may not be the case in reality, for getting a point across and making it stick - it works!
I think I'll read this again and again.
Neil Strauss exposes in THE TRUTH his traumas, fears and vulnerabilities to the world. That is the kindest and bravest gesture of all and I thank him for that.
That is why I highly recommend this book and hope it is as inspirational and motivational as it was to me when I read it.
A true weak up call.