PUAs, of course, are the Pick-Up Artists themselves (entertainingly, if you get really good, you can be a Pick-Up Guru or PUG).
Before they were initiated, they were just AFCs – Average Frustrated Chumps – like the rest of us.
They use Displays of High Value (DVH) to impress women with LSE (Low Self Esteem).
The aforementioned Mystery has apparently created a “humour technique” called “The Absurd”, which is presumably different from just being witty like any old AFC, and “microcalibrated openers” for starting conversations.
Some advocate “re-naming” women, simply ignoring their real names and calling them something else entirely.
The misogyny Although a lot of the teachers in this community, if that's the word, claim that they are just trying to help men be more confident around women, the jargon and the advice often strays into profoundly uncomfortable territory. One teacher who we have already mentioned says that it is important not to get nervous when meeting a woman, adding: “Ted Bundy, the infamous serial killer/sociopath, didn't feel fear or panic when he saw a target.
He felt rage, sexual perversion and desire to kill.” Yes, you have been advised to use Ted Bundy as a role model in your dealings with women.
This is a look at some of the aspects of this weird world.
A lot of it is harmless, plenty of it is funny, but a large amount is genuinely unsettling.But a misunderstanding of complex ideas seems to be at the heart of a lot of pick-up artistry.One PUA, a fat man called Gem, once told The Times that Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene taught him “everything I know about pick-up”.The weird techniques A few of these have become quite well-known already, especially the “neg” or subtle not-exactly-put-down intended to pique a woman's interest and slightly dent her self-esteem; along the lines of “Nice hair. ” But there are thousands, ranging from ordinary activities given needless new names to Dadaist surreal touches.The “Kino”, or kinaesthetic approach, just means touching someone.The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.