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This is a look at some of the aspects of this weird world.
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”.
A search online for “dating tips for men” reveals hundreds of these sorts of sites, generally requiring a credit card.
Usually at the top is a picture of a smiling man, with a tag-line like “Learn the secrets that let me charm 173 women in to bed in a year”, and a short article explaining that the author, too, used to be a shy nervous virgin until he discovered the mysteries of Pick-Up Artistry.
Luckily for everyone, research into NLP suggests that it is nonsense anyway; see below.
The pseudoscience NLP seems to be claptrap (one psychiatrist, Dr Roderique Davis, describes it as “cargo-cult psychology”, meaning that it was designed to look like science without doing any of the work).