Practical Female Psychology explores the psychology of women in dating and relationships from what we could maybe call a “manosphere” point of view.
It has some really great insights and much of this content you would never find in more “official” psychology texts.
But it also has some poorer and unfounded information.
This review of “Practical Female Psychology” will help you discern which from which.
Practica Female Psychology Summary
The book is written by three authors and one of them, Franco, is a psychiatrist.
With that, I was having a higher expectation for the quality of content as compared to other similar books.
Joseph, the other author, has been reading heavily on seduction since his breakup and, as he said, he took several David DeAngelo seminars (albeit I’m not a big fan DeAngelo, see “Sexual Communication” and “Advanced Dating Techniques“).
#1. Women Are Manipulators
The authors say that women are manipulators.
Manipulation is not always necessarily bad though and the authors say that manipulation can sometimes also support the relationship or the child’s welfare.
But some other times it will undercut the man, and to avoid being taken advantage of (and to avoid having her attraction to tank), he must stop all harmful manipulation attempts.
The authors quote Games People Play, but go much farther than that to list and explain the following games women play:
- Double bind
- Bait and switch
- Rich descriptions (this one made little sense to me)
- Pouting and whining
#2. Screen For Sex Drive & Self-Esteem
The authors categorize women depending on their sexual drive (high or low) and self-esteem (high or low).
I very much enjoyed the difference, but the self-esteem part seemed like a huge misnomer.
The authors are not really describing self-esteem but end up describing much broader qualitative categories such as “low-quality women” and “high-quality women“.
3. Schizophrenic Female Logic
The authors say that, at the core, female logic is schizophrenic.
Women with high sex drive present more female logic than low sex drive women and men should not try to repress the female nonsense because they would end up thwarting their very feminine nature.
The authors describe an example of a Franco’s wife jumping from one topic to another, forgetting about their movie date and accusing him of enjoying being away from home.
Franco goes along with her and, they note, he missed a lot of movies like that.
I very much disagreed with the example.
I agree most men would do much better in relationships understanding women, but going along with her instead of letting her conform to you, at least some of the times, relinquishes all the power.
A not leading her to stick to the common decisions is a major failure of leadership.
#4. Women Divide Men Into Providers & Lovers
The authors revisit a very popular topic in the dating literature: the difference between providers and lovers.
in their hearts chicks love to love bad boys, but in their heads they know that nice guys make much better husbands.
This Female Basic Conflict is a schizophrenic duality between a woman’s need for survival, on the one hand, and her need to express her own sexuality, on the other.
This creates a psychological condition whereby a woman’s sexuality is necessarily ambivalent and conflicted.
The authors say that most women will manipulate men to become providers, which I also found quite true.
Contrary to what Chase says, I often got laid after having paid for a couple of drinks so I never much believed in that.
However, the authors also say that it must be congruent with who you are and what you believe.
You must not change your rules and “buckle under pressure” to pay or you will look like a chump. And I also agree with that.
#5. The Female Archetypes
The authors also list and describes 7 different female archetypes whom, they say, are on top of the archetypes Robert Greene lists in “The Art of Seduction“.
Their archetypes mix sex drive with self-esteem and add on top:
- Good girls (more concerned about society approval)
- Materialistas (care more about material possessions)
- Adventuress (thrill seeker)
All women have some materialista in them and all of them will try to extract something from men.
So don’t get angry when she shit-tests you and asks you to buy a drink.
I also wholeheartedly agree with the authors when they say that it’s a good sign to have some materialista in them because it means they care about getting the best deal they can get (so stop complaining about female hypergamy).
To learn more about materialistas also read:
Real Life Applications
- Switch from feminine to masculine
“Practical Female Psychology” presents some genius content.
This is one of them with which I wholeheartedly agree (minus the schizophrenic part because there is nothing schizophrenic about it):
Therefore, to increase sexual and emotional arousal within a woman you will need to learn to shift between two identities in an almost schizophrenic manner.
At times you will want to talk to women in a very masculine way: directly, succinctly and logically. At other times, you will want to you talk to women in the same manner that a female friend might do.
Practical Female Psychology Criticism
I enjoyed reading “Practical Female Psychology” and I can also recommend it (as long as you keep your critical thinking on).
But I also deeply disagreed with the following:
Made Up Evolutionary Biology
This is my biggest gripe against 95% of the seduction advice: the made-up psychology and, most of all, evolutionary psychology.
I’m actually a huge, huge fan of evolutionary psychology and I believe it explains much of our behavior and much of our dating behavior.
Yet, the way many authors make up evolutionary biology reminds me of a beautiful sentence by Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast and Slow:
The more I listen to evolutionary psychologists, the less I believe in evolutionary psychology
Indeed the authors reference the book “Sperm Wars“, which is a bit of a joke among psychologists (check the link for more information on the criticism of that book).
But they also reference The Red Queen which is an excellent, excellent piece of work.
Madonna-Whore Dichotomy Lacks In-Depth Understanding
In spite the authors talk a lot about evolutionary psychology, they fail to make the point that the roots of the Madonna-whore dichotomy might actually be in evolutionary psychology and might make sense.
It does make sense indeed for a man to impregnate the easier women and marry the less easy ones.
If the authors themselves do admit that women differ in sex drive and the likelihood of cheating and sleeping around, then the Madonna-whore complex does serve a need (which is a point that Robert Wright also makes in “The Moral Animal“).
Or watch this video:
Some Misunderstanding of Dating Economics
The authors write:
Basically, when a female has agreed to be in an isolated venue with a man, she has decided (at least subconsciously) that the male in question is superior in terms of genetic fitness, in comparison to all the other males in her proximity.
That’s not really true: men and women pick partners also based on what they feel is their own value and how closely they think they match.
Also read “How to Date” for a scientific overview on dating.
Relationship and Seduction Are Not the Same
The authors write:
In a relationship, you are picking up the same woman, over and over and over again.
I believe the dynamics of seduction and relationships are very different, and albeit that’s a relatively popular mantra in red pill and manosphere blogs alike, it’s a vast generalization which is not true.
Some Dangerous Generalizations
The authors write:
men who become physically unfit in relationships learn very quickly that many women have no compunction against kicking a man while he is down. As David says, she needs to feel that he is the same strong bastard she was initially attracted to, even when he is sick-in-bed with the flu
Albeit this might be true in quite a few cases, it’s dangerous to generalize like that as it provides fertile ground for toxic masculinity and misogynism.
That being said, “Practical Female Psychology” is not a misogynistic book and the authors espouse a much healthier mindset.
Our belief is that it’s never appropriate for a man to expect altruism from a woman, only to appreciate a woman’s altruism when she provides it
Sweeping Generalizations Without Any Backing
“Practical Female Psychology” presents lots of sweeping generalization that have no scientific backing and, in my experience, barely any empirical backing.
For example they mention “The Female Brain” to say that:
Though females may train themselves to act like men, in reality they have a very deep biological urge to be talkative
Sure, women might be on average more talkative than men. But “deep biological urge” to be talkative?
Sure men and women are different, but not as different as books such as “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus“, which the authors also reference, make them out to be.
- Some very deep psychology wisdom
Albeit I heavily criticized “Practical Female Psychology” for its pop-psychology and its made up facts, I also have to praise it for the many pearls of wisdom it presents.
Many pathological male reactions that can be observed within couple relationships are in fact a desperate defense mechanism, employed by men who have no skills with women.
This stuff is true, but it’s not what you will find in researches, studies or more scientific books like the ones from John Gottman.
- Some very humorous lines
There were a few lines that really got me laughing.
Female Integrity To many men, the very notion of female integrity is an oxymoron of the highest caliber. Right up there with “military intelligence.”
Practical Female Psychology Review
“Practical Female Psychology” reminded a bit of “The Rational Male” in the sense that it has some top notch, super insightful content, mixed with some nonsense drive, generalization and personal conjectures masked as actual psychology.
To recognize which is which you need some good personal experience with women and some good understanding of psychology.
This review of “Practical Female Psychology” will help you separate the wheat from the chaff so that you can safely read the full book and get the most out of it.