If any of you have yet to read Robert Greene, allow me to elucidate the debates over confidence and believing yourself "good enough/not good enough."
In Seduction, Greene gives examples of behaviours that are seductive and anti-seductive; and chief among the anti-seductive qualities is desperation. The number 1 thing incels around here don't comprehend is that even after you cum inside a wet hole-- you'll still be you. If you aren't happy just "being yourself", you won't be happy after you roll off a bitch or 20.
The reason TRP encourages self-improvement, isn't to circlejerk over lifting/looksmaxing/rack stacking. Its to get men to be selfish THE RIGHT WAY. What does that mean? It means you start breaking down yourself and the world around you in order to rebuild your life around your own raison d'être. If you don't have a mission, or make women your mission, you will remain a bluepill until the end of your days.
"It's only when you've lost everything that you are free to do anything" isn't just some edge lord Fight-Club platitude. Its message could be rewritten more literally as
"It's only when you are ready to play your hand, only when you put your sack on the table, only when you accept fear and consequences, that you can be free to create a better world for yourself and others."
"What about irrational self-confidence??"
The idea behind ISC isn't to swagger around as a skinny fat beta shit, or ordering martinis "shaken not stirred" at the bar like some farcical James Bond. It is rather to encourage self-efficacy: the will and determination required to put one foot in front of the other. If you have no way to fake confidence, appearing overconfident and failing hard is STILL GOOD. It's a vital component of building confidence: to become better at anything YOU MUST CRASH AND BURN. Humiliation and social repercussions should be viewed as learning experiences, not as unforgettable sins.
- Thirsty behaviour is anti-seductive. & Envy of others is still thirsty behaviour:
In Renaissance art, Envy was depicted as an old woman with a snake for a tongue, giant ears, & devil's horns growing from her head. Her snake tongue keeps her blind, and her giant ears are always listening for gossip. It's allegory for feminine nature of envy-- as well as the self-delusion that happens when you begin to focus on the ends (what other people have that you don't) rather than the means (what they did to *earn it*).
- Hungry behaviour is seductive, it exudes the desire necessary to put in the work self-destruction/self-improvement required to change your circumstances.