Seducer type Siren

The Siren is the most ancient seducer type and almost exclusively used by women.

„An element of fear is also critical: keeping a man at a proper distance creates respect, so that he doesn’t get close enough to see through you or notice your weaker qualities. Create such fear by suddenly changing your moods, keeping the man off balance, occasionally intimidating him with capricious behavior.“

—- Robert Greene „Art of seduction“ page13

The most disturbing fact about Sirens is that almost all of them committed suicide when they had felt that they run out of power (For instance, Cleopatra and Marilyn Monroe to name only the most prominent Sirens in history). And a Siren’s power will run out invariably as the physical attractiveness fades or she becomes exposed by her competitors.
When a Siren realizes she runs out of her ingrained power she counter reacts. As it is against her nature to acknowledge, she does two things instead:

  1. She desperately tries to convinces herself and her followers that she still wields power. She accomplishes this by contriving stories or misinterpreting facts.
  2. She accelerates her Siren behavior in particular becomes even more sarcastic and intimidating.

All this is well documented with Cleopatra and MM and meticulously described by Robert Greene in his book “The Art of Seduction”. Unfortunately this frustrated behavior makes her even more ridiculous and pathetic and eventually further reduces her power. This inevitable leads into a blind alley from which is no escape. Therefore most of them committed suicide.


According to the “Art of Warfare” (孫子兵法) by Sun Tzu it is always a good tactic to allow an enemy a withdrawal. Translated to the problem of a Siren this means to offer an opportunity for change, for instance, a new perspective to grow and to (re-)assume power. But those offers, if accepted, should never be taken as weakness or even encourage accelerated Siren behavior.

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