About the book

A radical and confronting explanation of the human mind.

Attack from within! Destroy your enemy! Confronting statements, wouldn’t you say? Well, that’s the point — The Art of Hunting Humans isn't meant to be warm and fuzzy.

By Sidney Mazzi

New Zealand. 19 Feb, 2019 5:00 pm – 4 min read

 

Several years ago, I noticed that most people who pursue higher learning haven’t a clue about the human mind.

Think about it. How much do everyday people really know about psychology? Then, consider all the advances of the past decades, how much our lives have changed — all the new technologies (the internet, electric cars, artificial intelligence, cell phones and the advances in medicine, etc.) that now permeate our everyday lives, even when we don’t notice them.

Now, think about human psychology. How much of what mankind has discovered do you apply to your daily life? Do you really think that there is nothing useful? Nothing that you could take advantage of? Is it just a bunch of emotional intelligence BS designed for weak people? Really?!

Why don’t people read or know about psychology? There is, of course, a myriad of books available that claim to hold the answers. In my view, though, most are packaged as self-help books for ‘losers,’ and the marketing is, well … terrible. Most books about the human mind, I believe, fail to relate to the intelligent, practical and sceptical person, the highly successful executive, for example.

As a result, rather than studying how their minds work, the majority of humans favour topics like languages, mathematics, biology, engineering and business. I was once in this group. I only got to know the theory behind the human mind several years ago out of necessity. I had to help a friend and couldn’t believe the wealth of useful information out there that almost nobody knew about.

The problem is that most books about psychology are either extremely boring or too damn technical. A fresh approach was required. So, I packaged The Art of Hunting Humans in a radically different way. While writing this book, my goal was to appeal to a new market: people generally disinterested in books related to psychology. Sceptical people like me (or like I was just a few years ago).

How is The Art of Hunting Humans different from other books?

Well, for a start, it is fun to read and focused on practical, rather than weird, examples. But, maybe what makes it different is the fact that I am NOT a psychologist. My background is in business, engineering, finance and management, which may, in part, explain my sceptical life view. The result is a completely different way of explaining the human mind.

For example, I eliminated the following:

  • Political correctness — let’s say it like it is!
  • Extreme examples of trauma, phobias and abuse, etc. — you needn’t be ‘broken’ to benefit from self-exploration.
  • Crazy theories — the Oedipus complex, for example, states that girls desire their dads and are jealous of their mothers. I don’t believe such theories encourage people to take an interest in psychoanalysis.

My book is different. My theories are free of mysticism. I keep the details concise. I aim to offer something that is practical, useful and to the point. I use examples that regular people can relate to, and I apply liberal doses of scepticism, which is a rare thing in this PC world of which we live.

Finally, my book is a work of fiction, and what is most unusual is that it is written from an outsider’s perspective. To grab readers’ attention, it is intentionally confronting. By being controversial, I hope to get people to listen, reassess how they talk about psychology, the human mind and, ultimately, wisdom and self-knowledge.

I don't care whether people love or hate The Art of Hunting Humans. What matters to me is that there is finally a book available that will provoke people to start talking and thinking about the important subject of what goes on inside our heads.

The result is a radical and confronting explanation of the human mind that is actually fun to read.

Note: The Art of Hunting Humans is available as an eBook, paperback, and audiobook (digital and CD).