Apply The Contempt Technique To The Things You Cannot Have

According to 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

2 min readJul 25, 2022
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Law 36: Disdain the things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge (The 48 Laws of Power)

In life, there will always be something that you will want, and you might not get it. The key is not to focus on those things you can’t have and simply walk away from those things. It gives you the power of superiority as you are not letting yourself be bothered by them. For instance, if you are dealing with a difficult person in a conflicting situation just walk away. Don’t show any interest to win over the situation or even the person.

For instance, you can even apply the “sour grapes” approach to any particular situation or person that is bothering you emotionally.

The Fox and the Grapes

A starving fox … saw a cluster Of luscious-looking grapes of purplish luster Dangling above him on a trellis frame. He would have dearly liked them for his lunch, But when he tried and failed to reach the bunch: “Ah well, it’s more than likely they’re…




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