Some words on Roy Baumeister

I recently read Roy Baumeister’s book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.” This book is a practical guide to understand your willpower and how to manage and preserve it.  It is basically science applied to help people in very simple and useful ways. Read it.

This book led me to read other works by Roy Baumeister and I now recommend reading basically everything ever written by Roy Baumeister. He wrote the somewhat anti-feminist book “Is There Anything Good About Men?: How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men” and studied female sexuality in his extremely interesting works on erotic plasticity (Baumeister, R. F. (2000). Gender Differences in Erotic Plasticity: The Female Sex Drive as Socially Flexible and Responsive. Psychological Bulletin, 126(3), 347-374).  All these subjects have relation to game, self-improvement and anti-feminism and are of interest to many young men and to the manosphere.

Roy Baumeister is a very unexpected to red-pill/manosphere ally in the academic world.

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3 Responses to Some words on Roy Baumeister

  1. Thanks for the reviewed recommendations, Decipres. RB is inched up a little higher on my reading interests. If I can’t get it for free, I usually don’t read it. I’ve read some of his articles. I also had the pleasure of interviewing him on my last radio show. I don’t think it was a coincidence, since I was detailing sexed evo psych on college radio. The mp3 for that interview may be found at I thought it came out well, and please forgive my pronunciation of hy.PER.gam.y, or let’s say HY.per.GAM.y to mean nature not nurture or Indian culture. What I get from this post is that his main stuff on psychology is well worth reading too. Good to know.

  2. MNL says:

    Yea, I find Baumeister a breath of fresh air in a field (social psychology) that seems increasingly out of touch with reality. Some more links and leads:

    Content from the book, “Is There Anything Good About Men” is reflected in a very good address he gave to the American Psychological Association in 2007 at: Given the sorry state of academia, I’m actually surprised the APA invited him–or didn’t run him out afterwards as a pariah (a la Larry Summers).

    You might find his two articles, “Sexual Economics: Sex as Female Resource for Social Exchange
    in Heterosexual Interactions” and “Sexual Economics, Culture, Men, and Modern Sexual Trends” very interesting as well. In these two articles, Baumeister very convincingly describes the SMP as an economic exchange–something most red-pill men will recognize.

    His female plasticity article generated some objections. Can’t find the links just now.

    Also see, the “Cultural Suppression of Female Sexuality” in which Baumeister debunks the feminist misconception that men are the ones that have historically done most of the slut-shaming in the world. Rather, as he points, it’s other women who do most of the slut shaming–and they’re more motivated to control sexual competition. In a sense, women (via slut shaming) attempt to do to sex what OPEC does to oil–limit its supply and bid-up the “price”.

    Finally, Baumeister also did interesting interview with the folks at EconTalk. It’s kinda funny because the male blue-pill interviewer doesn’t quite know what to do with Baumeister in places. Amusing.

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