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Neil Strauss is a well-known personality whose writing and journalism skills have made him an attraction to a huge number of fans around the world. He is a seven-time New York Times Bestselling author for his books “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists” (which has made him one of the bestselling authors in America), “Rules of the Game”, “The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships”, and so many others.
His persona as a pickup artist and a master in seduction has got so many fans wondering about the type of life Neil Strauss must have lived, his relationships, and the circumstances that must have transformed him to the master of seduction. Read this article to find out more facts about Neil Strauss.
Neil Strauss’ Bio
Neil Strauss was born on 9th March 1969 as Neil Darrow Strauss in Chicago, Illinois. He is also known as “Style”, a pen name he created in 2001 when he joined a community of pick-up artists. He is an American author, journalist, and ghostwriter well known for his book titled “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists”. He graduated from the Latin School of Chicago in 1987, further attended Vassar College and later transferred to Columbia University in 1991 where he finally graduated from.
Neil Strauss started off his career while he was still in school as a writer for an avant-garde magazine called “Ear”. From there, he moved on to become a copy editor and fact checker for “The Village Voice” and also a regular reporter and music critic for “The New York Times” after an invitation by Jon Pareles. He wrote a column (Pop Life) and front page stories on Wal-Mart’s music censorship, CD-editing policies and other interesting areas of interest. He was also a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine but later left The New York Times to become a ghostwriter for Jenna Jameson’s memoirs and then joined the seduction community (A community of pick-up artists). In 2005, he published The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. The book when published, made an appearance in The New York Times bestsellers list for one month (September – October 2005) and also reached number one on Amazon.com as it sold over 2.5 million copies.
He has also appeared on various Tv shows, including The View and ABC Primetime. The book according to Strauss in an interview, was about men who were scared to talk to or be with a woman. In it, he also describes the experiences he had in the seduction community in an effort to become a pickup artist.
Since Strauss retired as a pickup artist, he has written so many other books which have also done very well in terms of sales. One of his books that has also captivated the minds of people is The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships which he says is not a negation from his other book (The Game) but it’s a book that talks about change and transformation which he has experienced after he had done some stupid things in the years past.
He had realized he had an unresolved family trauma especially his relationship with his mother which was deeply dysfunctional and he describes her in his book as being callous and dismissive about his romantic relationships. This was majorly due to his belief that Growing up, he sexually frustrated and moved into adulthood that way. He even got dumped by his date on the night of his high school prom.
Neil Strauss’ Girlfriend, Wife
Strauss has had a dysfunctional love life (as he mentioned in his book) and had used women as things for pleasure. He had dated a number of them, including Lisa Leveridge. However, he is now married to actress and model, Ingrid De La O. In March 2015, Ingrid and Neil had a son who they named Tenn. Neil Strauss’ old lifestyle came calling at the initial stage of their relationship when he regularly cheated on her, even with her friends. But he came around and has stayed true to his marital vows ever since. He seems to be a changed man now and lives with his wife and son in a secluded area in Malibu. The couple is getting along well and there has been no sign of marital problems between them.
Who is Ingrid De La O?
Ingrid De La O is the wife of Neil Strauss. She is a half Mexican and half German model and actress who started dating Neil Strauss after they had met at Chateau Marmont. She has been very tolerating and understanding and was also one of the driving forces behind Neil Strauss going to rehab and becoming a better person today. The initial part of their relationship was not rosy as Strauss was a sex addict and was always cheating on her which she later got to know about but sorted it out with her man and tried to work on their relationship which has turned out well today.
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