48 Laws of Power - Essay

12782 Words Oct 23rd, 2012 52 Pages
The 48 Laws of Power byRobert Greene
Maurice Fischer
INB491

The 48 Laws of Power
Law 1
Never Outshine the Master
Make the people above you feel greater than you are, even if they are not.
This makes sense in many cases but don’t apply to others. All people working for someone will see that this law will apply to them, the boss or in this case the “master” is on top. The person on the top, most likely, worked his or hers way up and does not want to be thrown from his or hers throne. It is in the human nature to get rid of threats if one has the power to do this. He may feign appreciation, but at his firs opportunity he will replace you with someone less intelligent, less attractive, less threatening.
Do not let that happen
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It can be done in small style or as seen with Otto von Bismarck, in big style, to win wars. To rise power people will do nearly or actually everything. I would call concealing your intentions are nowadays nothing more than bluffing. Most people are open to others, they tell their intentions and opinions when asked. They do this for several reasons. First, it is easy and natural to always want to talk about one’s feelings and plans for the future. This can be taken for ones advantage, but if they bluffing one will be the one who was falling for it. Second, many people believe that by being honest and open they are winning people’s hearts and showing their good nature. Those people are easy to spot, if they want to be liked, they will have to pay the price. This Law requires two main skills. One, to have the control over your words and gestures, but also to read peoples gestures and sometimes call their bluff. Pretend that you believe what you say gives your words great weight. If you let your self believe that what your say is true for the moment, it will help it appear to be true and give your gestures more expressions. Also a smoke screen for your actions is a great advantage to mask your intentions. Lead your opponents into a trap with distraction and misdirection to reach your ultimate goal, either with noble gestures or a constant pattern. Behavior like this is barely legal in some points and might be fraught. But to reach your goal this will give you