48 Laws of Power: Law #17 Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate An Air of Unpredictability

Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability

  •      Being predictable gives control to others.
  •      Behavior that isn’t consistent will wear people out, and they’ll stop trying to explain      things.
  •      When used to the extreme, you’ll intimidate and terrorize.

There’s a lot of danger in misapplication of this. For myself, being a career man – stability is valued. I apply this to maximum effect by simply being the guy you don’t want to piss off. I’m 99% chill, relaxed, informal, don’t give a fuck mentality but that 1% there’s (fake most of the time) potent rage. It’s like never raising your voice and then when you do people stop and are in awe. That’s the kind of unpredictability that’s beneficial … Not like this clown I knew who used to punch people in the shoulder and be like ‘haha I’m so random’.

SUR

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