As the introductory post on Seduction here at the Lifestyle Scientist, I’d like to define the topic first. So before we head any deeper…
Seduction originally meant “to lead astray” with its Italian root word being“seducere”: which meant if you were a kid in Renaissance Italy, and were chasing away a duck with a stick instead of running errands for your Mama, then you have been led astray by a duck. You had just been seduced.
Three hundred years later.
Modern social science tells us that the definition of words lie in the speakers’ usage of the word. This means that how you would use the word is its meaning, regardless of what the dictionary says. So how do you use the word seduction, if at all?
As an introduction, let me show you two possible new meanings and concepts we can apply seduction to, besides the prevailing meanings and concepts we can already find in popular culture.
Let’s use the original meaning of seduction to compare with the other word-concepts for now, “To Lead Astray.”
1. Persuasion. “action of inducing (someone) to believe (something)”
From its roots, persuasion is like a sister concept to seduction. From this alone, imagine all the great speakers and orators as mass seducers, able to captivate and distract their audiences.
Leading astray with words.
From charisma’s roots, we can see that its origins are much more mystical, and the person who has charisma is akin to the Divine. From here, we can see that this is much harder to explain, since instead of being a skill (as in persuasion), charisma seems to be not learnt, but given from God. Now think of all the people you find charismatic, the people whose opinions matter and whose actions you model yourself after, the people who just have this something about them that you can’t explain.
Leading astray with presence.
Of course, we can tie in seduction to a lot of other meanings, but two concepts are enough for now.
Now that we’ve expanded the meaning of seduction to cover both persuasion and charisma as part of the whole process, I can write about it further, expecting that we are on the same page.
Salut, mon ami/mon amie! (Goodbye my friend!)
Howl is a self-taught Pick Up Artist, Film Maker and Blogger. If you want more information on Howl, check out his blog NEOPTOLEMUS.