Law of seduction

In social science, seduction is the process of deliberately enticing a person to engage.

Seduction, seen negatively, involves temptation and enticement, often sexual in nature, to lead someone astray into a behavioral choice they would not have made if they were not in a state of sexual arousal. Seen positively, seduction is a synonym for the act of charming someone — male or female — by an appeal to the senses, often with the goal of reducing unfounded fears and leading to their “sexual emancipation”.

Sexual seduction is a social principle that involves the process of purposely tempting a person into a particular act. it usually refers to the use of a person’s sexual behavior. In the bible, sexual seduction is first committed in the story of Adam and Eve. Humans were able to discover in the early stage that sexual seduction is very powerful.

In the Bible, Eve offered the forbidden fruit to Adam was a form of seduction.

So what is the process of the seduction? As most people agree that an unclothed person who has only arms or part of a shoulder jutting out from behind a shower curtain or is much more alluring than a completely uncovered nude. Just as the thinking parts of our brain enjoy intellectual problem solving, the visual system seems to enjoy discovering a hidden object.


This is about graduated hints, mental teasing, cognitive treasure hunts, sparking curiosity, etc. Things that engage the brain, because brains are turned on by puzzles, they are turned on by figuring things out.

A partly covered body is far more attractive than a completely naked body. Lingerie becomes one of the important elements in stimulating sexual fantasy. The function of lingerie ( to certain extend)  is developed to stimulate the subtle desire in men, to maintain or enhance the romance and erotic image they have in their mind. It is the so called Seduction Principle.


It is often felt in women’s magazines that a failed marriage may due to the lack of seductive attitude towards her husband. A completely naked body seems lack of charm and mystery than a partly covered body.

Whether you’re trying to get someone’s attention, keep their attention, motivate them to stick with something, or help them to learn more deeply and retain what they’ve learned, leave something for their brain to resolve. Do something to turn their brain on. That’s exactly what makes it so engaging.

In one of the issue of Scientific American Mind. The article  “The Neurology of Aesthetics” describe a series of “laws” of aesthetics and how they’re supported by what we know of the brain. This is known as Peekaboo ( partly reveal and party hidden). We do not want to show everything. We’re always trying to leave something to the reader/learner/observer’s imagination. Something for them to fill in. The brain needs to figure it out, and enjoys the experience. Evolution has seen to it that the very act of searching for the hidden object is enjoyable.

That is why all the toddles enjoy playing  “peekaboo” with the adult with covering their eyes? The trick is the mysterious image behind that arouse the interest.

How many of you admitted that you are curious about what is there underneath the covered body part? In some of the cultural practice, the original purpose of covering certain part of your body in the name of morality has aroused the biggest interest in it. It’s the curiosity!

In the psychoanalysis, the skin flashing is more erotic than “the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance”. The Law of Seduction is the celebration of the secret power of discovery — The peekaboo effect. The thinking process behind the “peekaboo” is far more like a difficult puzzles and intellectual challenges, it arouse people wanting the next level of involvement. The enhancement of curiosity to discover the parts that are hidden is downright irresistible.

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