On the PUA side, I read The Game about 5 years ago, and have been tracking Roissy for at least a couple.
And I've been reading evo-psych since Round 2 came out near 2000. The Extended Phenotype, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Mating Minds.
Having said that, I claim that there's a simple, easy grand synthesis that explains human behavior in 3 words:
Status Matters Most.For 80%+ of human behaviors, when asking why did they do that...trace the status effects. Trace the status effects in-family, in-group, on the opposite gender, in the neighborhood/community/polis.
Strauss in 1 line:
How does a guy get girls in bed with him? Mostly, adjust his status upwards.Roissy in 1 sentence:
How does a guy adjust his status upwards, so as to make girls want to sleep with him?Robin in 1 sentence:
For explaining most activities, signaling status completely dominates the standard story.Seth (on the academy) in 1 sentence:
In academia, status is like peacock tails and diamond rings: usefulness is a negative.Eric in 1 sentence:
Relative status (or envy) predicts market behavior better than greedWife in 1 sentence:
90% of communication is emotion/status, and the words don't matter.
As opposed to the traditional aretae/philosophy-geek position (90% of communication is very precise wording choices)General evo-psych in one sentence:
People act like monkeys, especially in groups and in mating interactions, where status is key.---------------------------------------
Status status status. Full stop.
If you want to manipulate people, play in the status space...and largely ignore the content space.
If you want to interview well, manipulate your relative status compared to the interviewer.
If you want to teach (a classroom) well, own the status (actors and military folks often make real good teachers)
If you want to know whether a proposed organizational initiative will work, look first at whose status will change.
Try it next time you want to explain something: What are the status implications here?