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This maneuver has its own name: 'the Neg.'" He also wrote, "If the reader is too far ahead of the author, a book has a problem.
On page 406, Mystery's mother says his problems are caused by his low self-esteem.
The book was published in a similar format to The Game, and features a contrasting white imitation leather cover.
Provisionally titled Game Over, it focuses on Strauss's difficulties with long-term relationships, following his immersion in pickup.
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (also known as The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists) is a non-fiction book written by investigative reporter Neil Strauss as a chronicle of his journey and encounters in the seduction community.
The book was featured on The New York Times Bestseller List for two months after its release in September 2005, reaching prominence again in 2007 during the broadcast of the VH1 television series The Pickup Artist, which was hosted by Mystery, Strauss's mentor in the book.
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Instead of models in bikinis lounging by the Project Hollywood pool all day, we had pimply teenagers, bespectacled businessmen, tubby students, lonely millionaires, struggling actors, frustrated taxi drivers, and computer programmers – lots of computer programmers." The reviewer remarked that "The sell is that, with the special techniques they learn from Mystery and other gurus, the ubergeeky can often give a convincing simulation of being a regular human being, even if, like one sarger in this book, they are in fact near-sociopaths." Rafael Behr in The Observer wrote, "Some of the recommended techniques are sinister.
One involves discreetly undermining a woman's self-esteem by paying her a backhanded compliment in the hope that she will hang around to seek your approval.
In its original published hardcover format, the book was covered in black leather and bookmarked with red satin, similar to some printings of the Bible.
Despite the reputation that The Game has gained as an exposé on the seduction community, it was primarily written as an autobiographical work.