Persuasion: Are You the Predator or the Prey?

A Powerful Lesson – A Lesson in Power:

A persuasive predator should never be the least bit apologetic for gaining power and influence over others through the induction of seduction in the communication process. Beyond injecting charismatic or coquettish words, a successful seductress understands how to charm with transcendence, inflicting subtle, subliminal acts and insinuations to communicate through reflections of her victim’s own desires. Whether sexual, social or political in nature, the goal of this intoxication is to produce surrender.

Keys to persuasive seduction involve reading others’ communication cues to identify vulnerable prey. The seductress must take great care, however, to identify her own vulnerabilities. You see, a predator cannot best determine an effective target without first understanding the effect her prey is having upon her. This helps her to accentuate vulnerability; but, more importantly, to recognize her disastrous capability of being turned into the prey, if great care is not taken.

Seduction ultimately communicates the promise of excitement and adventure that has been lacking in both the victim and the seductress.

One particular form of communication is nearly impossible to resist, making it regretful to only reserve it for individual use. Known as the soft seduction, it is commonly used to sell to the masses, whether selling oneself or a product. Its success is imminent because it communicates entertainment and titillation without demands or irritation.

It is assuredly more palatable for us to label this communication as persuasion rather than seduction.

To reach its greatest measure of success, the persuasive message often appears more as news than publicity, is designed to evoke emotions, speaks directly to the target in a friendly manner, and is presented to appear as if everyone is a part in order to create a chain response.

Thus, the first lesson in power, most powerful to you of all, is this:

You are often powerless to recognize that you are being seduced, and many times, even if you do recognize it, you are even more powerless to end it.

My precious little paddling partner got a little overconfident last weekend in the paddling skills I’d taught her (forgetting her own vulnerabilities). Here, you see her about to use her paddle to communicate (as a predator) she is waging water war. Unfortunately, we were both about to also become prey…


You might consider this one a little 333-worded creative synopsis of an academic read of mine. This was my own (very abbreviated) take on:

Greene, R. (2001). The art of seduction. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

I wrote this in response to this week’s Trifecta challenge on:

CHARM (verb) – 3rd defintion –

3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music)

This week is community-judged – so come join the Trifecta community — by writing…voting…or just being your charming self. 🙂

18 thoughts on “Persuasion: Are You the Predator or the Prey?

    • Ha! So much truth to that statement, Joe. Sometimes I think life is just…better when persuading oneself to remain as naive and “innocent” as possible in the adult world, refusing to fall “victim” to becoming a seducer to others & recognizing the trappings of seduction. I prefer my relationships to be untainted, whenever possible. 🙂

  1. A lovely wordplay here. You’re appealing to the right audience with those long, sexy words. 🙂 Watch your usage though. I think you’ve given us definition 1, not 3. Thanks for linking up. Remember to come back and vote at the end.

  2. My precious daughter is good at this. It’s how I end up doing things like making her a complicated Halloween costume the day before Halloween. For a wily seductress, she has such a darn cute face;)

    I enjoyed this piece!

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