The Truth

The Truth

An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

eBook - 2015
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This is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences.As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of--and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."So begins Neil Strauss's long-awaited follow-up to The Game, the funny and slyly instructive work of immersive journalism that jump-started the international "seduction community" and made Strauss a household name--revered or notorious--among single men and women alike.In The Truth, Strauss takes on his greatest challenge yet: Relationships. And in this wild and highly entertaining ride, he explores the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life? Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness? What draws us to the partners we choose? Can we keep passion and romance from fading over time?His quest for answers takes him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems, and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother.What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships, and, ultimately, himself.Searingly honest and compulsively readable, The Truth just may have the same effect on you. If The Game taught you how to meet members of the opposite sex, The Truth will teach you how to keep them.
Publisher: New York :, Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062355584
0062355589
Characteristics: 1 online resource: illustrations
Contents: Prologue: The Hand You Are Dealt Face Down
Infidelity
Exclusivity
Alternatives
Anhedonia
Freedom
Epilogue: When the Wild Card Is Played, Is It Still Wild?.
Summary: This is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences.As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of--and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."So begins Neil Strauss's long-awaited follow-up to The Game, the funny and slyly instructive work of immersive journalism that jump-started the international "seduction community" and made Strauss a household name--revered or notorious--among single men and women alike.In The Truth, Strauss takes on his greatest challenge yet: Relationships. And in this wild and highly entertaining ride, he explores the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life? Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness? What draws us to the partners we choose? Can we keep passion and romance from fading over time?His quest for answers takes him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems, and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother.What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships, and, ultimately, himself.Searingly honest and compulsively readable, The Truth just may have the same effect on you. If The Game taught you how to meet members of the opposite sex, The Truth will teach you how to keep them.

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jasonjeffery
Jul 18, 2016

Hilarious! Kept me enthralled from beginning to end.

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rnorris2929
Jan 03, 2016

It seemed that Neil Strauss had it all. He became a renowned pick up artist after he wrote The Game. Then he tried a committed monogamous relationship and cheated on what turns out to be his true love. Because of that, he goes to sex addiction rehab. That's the first third of the book. At first he tries to heal himself. Then he goes on a sexual odyssey because he believes their is nothing wrong with him, and he wants to find a way of living that suits his desires to both have sex with a lot of people, and be committed. As they say in the book he wants to have his cake and eat it too. A lot of sexual experimentation follows, and he finds that he is still unhappy. With the help of his friends, Rick Rubin, and his sex therapist Lorraine, he eventually comes around, realizes that he really is damaged and goes through extensive therapy to improve himself. He winds up with his true love at the end, and has seemingly matured into a healthy man with a healthy perspective on life.
I found the struggle he went through to be relatable, in so much as you replace his sex addiction and risky behaviors with your own demons. If you can put yourself in his shoes this book can give you at least an outline and case study on how you can work to improve yourself, attain a healthy mindset and life, and do what a lot of us need to do, which is become an adult and as he puts it in the book: be your own parent.
It's pretty tawdry. Some of these underground sex groups are almost hard to believe, but you know, it's LA.
Look for cameos from Orlando Bloom, Corey Feldman, and Seth Macfarlane. Feldman's cameo is particularly surprising/interesting. I won't spoil it here, but let's just say even though is career is in the toilet, he's still leading a life that most men would kill to experience, at least for a little while.

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iliveatthelibrary
Dec 27, 2015

I am disappointed with this book. I have to say I gave up on it, and I didn't want to because the writing is good. I just don't really care about Neil's 'mommy' issues which seems to be taking up the crux of the book.

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MintyFreeze
Dec 19, 2015

I've read most books by Neil Strauss. This one is as intense and over-the-top in it's exploration, as his others have been. There are some real nuggets of wisdom. A few startling discoveries about his past. As well as some in-depth introspection that I felt bogged down the pace of the book.
A suitable book for people in monogamous relationships who would like a chance to live vicariously through the adventures of Mr. Strauss. As well as for people who struggle to stay committed and are seeking a self-help book.
All said, I would recommend this book. Not like anything else out on the market.

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