The Meet: Pickup Artists and Knowing What to Say
Her: Will you call her?
Me: Possibly. These thing are hit or miss.
Her: But you got her number, right?
Me: I told her to draw a picture of herself. This way, I’ll know which one she is.
So how was your first assignment?
I hope that you actually tried to get out and get two points for yourself. For those of you that are in relationships, keep reading. We'll get to you in spring.
But back to the singletons.
As noted in the last entry, we need to talk about the Pick-Up Artist (PUA). Let's look at them dispassionately. These are people who focus on one narrow spectrum of The Steps, namely, The Meet. This is not a bad thing.
You've probably heard of The Game but haven't read it. I suggest you read it, if for no other reason than to show how a guy that used to look like this managed to become one of the best pickup artists ever. If you're even slightly more together than he was at the time he started, you'll be fine.
However, The Game is more of a personal journal than a how-to manual. For the latter, there are a number of systems out there that focus on just The Meet via audio, video, or just good old (e)paper:
- Mystery's Venusian Arts - probably the most well known and good for those of the punk/rebel type of sensibilities
- David DeAngelo - good for the uber nerdy, such as myself - I'm a fan
- Real Social Dynamics - kind of a frat boy methodology
- The Annihilation Method - by the guy that wrote The Game; a bit of a mix of the others
There are others (Juggler, Janka, Xuma, etc) and they all have their adherents and detractors.
Here's my thought on pick-up artists in general; if you wanted to learn how to be a good boxer, you'd want to train with someone who boxed for a while and fought all types of people - you're unlikely to learn a lot from the guy next door who beat up the 5th grade bully.
Similarly, if you want to learn how to box, you're also not going to go to the local debate champ. This isn't to take away from the skills of the debater; it's just that it's not the type of confrontation you're looking to learn.
You wanna box. So you gotta learn from a boxer.Continued on the next page