Social Interactions Between Non-Related Men and Women in Nightclubs: a Comparison in Seduction as Seen in Monterrey and Potsdam

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“Attraction is always the same. You can't help it. You can't disarm that.” – Neil Strauss Erik von Markovik once said that he possessed a way to make any girl be attracted to him. Every rule, step and word necessary to make the female of his choice have no option but to fall head over heels for him, disarmed by his charm. This is a man recognized by the world as the master of seduction. He is a man who took being a “playboy” to a whole new level: the pick-up artist (PUA). His student, Neil Strauss, is seen as the runner-up or even as the new “king” of the PUA world (by some people). Together these men sat on the throne and taught the male population how to make a woman forget everything and anything she expects from a guy when she arrives at a club or bar: looks, money, profession, height, etc., anything. They take any situation and spin it to their advantage as can be seen in their best sellers The Game by Neil Strauss and The Pick up Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction by Erik von Markovik or even on VH1’s series “The Pick-Up Artist” in which Mystery (name by which Erick von Markovik is generally known) is the host and coach of eight socially awkward men who learn to be PUA superstars in eight weeks. In the weeks of training they cover everything from “peacocking” (dressing to stand out and get attention such as black nails, a weird hat and a long coat put together) to “negs” (backhanded compliments) to opening and closing “sets” (groups of people). Mystery argues that with the techniques these men learn in this or any of his bootcamps the students should be able to pick up any girl in any situation and any type of social activity be it bar, nightclub, café, supermarket or exercising; in any part of the world. He is wrong. The typical American is a much more forward person than the typical Mexican. Though this does not mean they are more open

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