Self Help

Natural Game The System for Being a Natural

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Matheus Puppe

· 8 min read
  • The book teaches men how to attract and succeed with women through developing natural confidence and competence. The author, Richard La Ruina, shares how he went from shy and unsuccessful with women to a dating coach.

  • The book covers how to start conversations, build attraction and comfort, physically escalate, and get contact information or more. It discusses direct vs indirect approaches, day vs night interactions, and simple vs advanced techniques.

  • Much of the book focuses on developing the right mindset and inner confidence. It teaches tools to build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and achieve an abundance mentality.

  • The key message is that any man can improve his success with women through dedication and the right guidance. The goal is to become genuinely charming rather than using tricks.

  • Key moments in the author’s development were: breaking up with his long-term girlfriend; learning pick-up techniques; moving to force himself to be social; and having his first one-night stand. These gave him experience and confidence.

  • Through practice, the author learned that a natural, flexible style works best. He now finds and attracts high-value, desirable women. Success comes from gaining experience, learning to read interactions, and responding dynamically.

  • What women want in a man differs from what men want in a woman. Women value confidence, leadership, and calmness over looks. Attraction for women grows over time. Cold approaching leads to the most choice.

  • Your first impression comes from how you look and act before speaking. Have confident body language, engage friends, scan the room, and look like you’re having fun. Mood affects your results. Most guys seem unhappy, predatory or drunk - do the opposite.

The key ideas are: develop your confidence and competence; focus on the right mindset and inner game; use a flexible, natural style; understand what attracts women; make a good first impression through your presence and body language. With practice, any man can become successful with women.

•Use good body language like smiling, eye contact, open posture, and gentle hand gestures to seem friendly and build rapport. Start with minor touches as the interaction progresses.

•Identify and replace bad habits and nervous tics that convey a lack of confidence. Getting feedback from others can help recognize behaviors you don’t see yourself. Practice in front of a mirror.

•Developing an attractive social style takes deliberate practice. Observe confident people, practice their behaviors, start using them in low-pressure situations, and make them a habit over time.

•Match your energy and enthusiasm to the situation. Assess the energy of groups before approaching them. Have higher energy than the group to engage them, but don’t be incongruent with the overall vibe. Calibrate as needed.

•Use vocal variety, facial expressions, and body movement to hold people’s attention. Speak with passion. Make eye contact, point, and gesture. Shift your weight and move around for larger groups.

•There are three seduction characters: the sociable charmer, the comfort builder, and the seducer. Develop and apply all three. The sociable charmer grabs attention. The comfort builder connects. The seducer escalates sexually while avoiding the friend zone.

•Focus on warm approaches and building social connections. Take every chance to start conversations. Work the room. Create a social circle outside of pickup. Use skills to provoke interest and openers. Approach as soon as you get a sign of interest.

•The system involves starting an indirect conversation, transitioning, building rapport, and closing. Apply the three seduction characters at different points. Use skills of confident, socially savvy men to continue interactions. Find commonalities and build comfort before escalating.

•Continually improve your style and image to convey confidence and success. Style, fashion, grooming, fitness, and lifestyle all contribute to your attractiveness. Look for role models and emulate them. Look stylish but congruent.

The keys to success are social engagement, connection and calibration, confident body language and communication, seduction skills and characters, continual self-improvement, building comfort, and maximizing opportunities. With deliberate practice, these become natural.

  • The first minute of an interaction is critical. You need to identify a target, overcome anxiety, open the interaction, and reach the hook point. If you struggle with the open, focus on being sociable.

  • Using a “pre-opener” like “Hey” before delivering your opener helps get the group’s attention and makes them receptive. Without it, they may respond awkwardly. The pre-opener can be verbal or nonverbal.

  • The opener and transition are more important than just the opener. Know how you will open and continue the conversation before approaching. The opener starts it, the transition keeps it going. Match your style.

  • The goals are: get them engaged (hook point), build rapport (commonalities), and close (contact details). You know you have their interest when they ask questions, give longer answers, maintain eye contact. Kino creates sexual tension.

  • The “system” provides guidance from open to close. Following it will increase your success by focusing on the necessary steps. Quickly learn and recall the system.

  • Good openers make her laugh, make you look cool, and are more interesting than what she was discussing before. There are direct openers conveying interest and indirect casual openers. Examples given.

  • Tips for situational openers: Observe and comment; eavesdrop and discuss; comment on her actions/ outfit; have a list of openers for different locations. Make a question.

  • Keys to openers: Make her laugh; show confidence; start an interesting conversation; have follow-ups for any response. The opener itself is not most important but starts right.

  • Avoid “hairdresser conversation” - shallow, boring small talk where neither listens/cares. Avoid interviewing with rapid questions.

  • Instead: Make assumptions/guesses to show you listen; compliment something unique, not obviously her appearance; use “hook elicitation” - find hooks to continue conversation without abrupt topic changes.

  • Focus completely on her, not yourself. Naturally start using hooks she provides to continue an interesting conversation. Examples of conversations to avoid/use.

  • Goals: Memorable conversation; establish connection; build enough rapport/comfort for her number. Techniques discussed are key.

  • Topics to avoid: Weather; work/school; politics/religion; exes; too many compliments. Keep things light, playful, open-ended. Learn about her. Switch when bored. Stay engaging and build attraction.

  • Techniques used: Observational opener; challenge; breaking rapport; compliment; assumption; “TED talk”; frame; self-amusement. Shows value, passion, knowledge, humor, leadership. Gives personality insight. Makes interaction seem natural.

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Hey, to get her attention and open the interaction, say something like:

  • Excuse me, I just wanted to say you have a great smile. My name’s [your name].

Then transition quickly to casual discussion by asking questions about her to build rapport:

  • So what do you do for fun around here?
  • What kind of music or movies do you enjoy?
  • Have you traveled anywhere interesting recently?

Share information about yourself too and look for common interests to connect over. For example:

  • I just got into rock climbing recently, have you ever tried that?
  • In my free time I like checking out new restaurants and cooking. Do you enjoy food and wine?

To close the interaction and express your interest in seeing her again:

  • It was really nice talking with you. We should continue our conversation over coffee or drinks sometime. Would you like to exchange numbers?

If she says yes, say something like:

  • Great! My number is [your number]. Let’s figure out a time to meet up.

If she makes an excuse at any point or says no to exchanging numbers, avoid arguing or insulting her. Simply say:

  • No problem, thanks for chatting. Have a nice day!

Then move on. The keys to a good initial conversation are a solid, confident opener; building personal rapport through engaging discussion and finding common interests; physically and verbally escalating at the right pace based on her signals; and closing in a smooth way with a suggestion to meet again and an exchange of contact information. Avoid common mistakes, have fun and be genuine.

• Practice self-hypnosis, visualization, and relaxation techniques to overcome approach anxiety and transition anxiety. Imagine success and positive outcomes.

• Adopt an abundance mindset. Don’t be outcome dependent. Most interactions won’t lead anywhere, so go in with no expectations. This reduces anxiety and neediness.

• Work on your body language and mannerisms. Eliminate nervous tics and habits. Practice confident, relaxed body language and posture.

• Step out of your comfort zone. It will get easier over time. Exposure therapy works.

• Reframe anxiety as excitement. Take action despite the feeling. The feeling will subside once you start the interaction.

• Use indirect openers and have an “ejection line” ready to leave easily. This reduces fear of rejection.

• Do many approaches to significantly reduce anxiety over time through desensitization.

• Go on “missions” with a wingman to motivate each other. Accountability partners help.

• Remove outcome dependency by opening “just to open”. Don’t focus on closing.

• Re-imagine the situation as waiting for a friend to feel more at ease. Use your imagination.

• Balance multiple areas of self-improvement and appreciate progress to stay motivated. Don’t focus solely on women.

• Use the techniques in the book but aim to develop your own skills and style. Learn fundamentals then adapt them to your strengths.

• While attracting women is a goal, balance it with enjoying the present moment and pursuing other life goals. Maintain healthy self-esteem from a variety of areas in your life.

• Taking initial action is key to overcoming anxiety and discomfort. The rewards will come in time through practice. Face your fears and start.

• Balance is essential for happiness and wellbeing. Do not neglect other life areas like career, friends, health, experiences, etc. in pursuit of becoming highly skilled with women. Keep self-improvement balanced across life areas.

• Life will have setbacks and disappointments at times. Don’t let any one area of life dominate your mood and happiness.

• Maintain balance across multiple areas of life: health, wealth, relationships, experiences, etc. Don’t neglect any area for too long.

• Stay focused on your goals but don’t become obsessed. Appreciate the little things along the way.

• If you become too focused on any one thing like your job, money, girlfriend, studies, etc. then those things will control your happiness and mood.

• Bring balance through working on and maintaining all life areas. Your journey will be far more enjoyable and fulfilling.

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