Robert Greene on His New Book “The Laws of Human Nature”


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Robert Greene (@RobertGreene), author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, joins Erik on this episode to talk about how we can “penetrate the masks that other people wear” and become effective judges of others' character. He calls his new book the “codebook for deciphering human behavior” and talks about why being able to look at something through the perspective of others is the most valuable thing you can do. He also says you need to combine empathy with a deep understanding of your mind’s tendencies and your personal psychological quirks. Robert warns that you should take care not to be seduced by a glittery resume or by those who use their charm to hide their lack of competence. He also discusses the role of identity and the importance of reputation in today’s world, why everyone is an actor (whether they like it or not), and how he has evolved since his first book was published decades ago. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.

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