What is subtext?
For acting, subtext is the underlying meaning behind spoken words as interpreted by an actor. What does that mean? Basically you’re adding additional meaning to your spoken words by the way you say them. Letâ€™s say you have the following (cheesy) script for a scene to act in:
John and Mary are alone in the bedroom. Mary is upset and John is comforting her.
“John: Mary, everything is going to be ok, I just want you to know that I love you.”
Now youâ€™reÂ going to play John in this scene there is a lot of information youâ€™re going to need in order to apply the proper subtext to your dialogue. Things like:
What is the relationship between John and Mary?
If they are siblings then the line would be spoken much differently than if they were lovers.
– What happened just before?
– What if this scene took place right after they had sex?
– How would you reflect that in the above line of dialogue?
This is all information that can be implied with the proper subtext.
So, what does this have to do with game? Everything!
Because â€“ and you probably have heard this a lot – it doesn’t matter WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it. Women are MASTERS at subtext, they know that there is loads of information hidden in the way something is said. That’s why women can get so bitchy over seemingly trivial things that guys say; they know what were thinking!
So how do you use subtext effectively? Letâ€™s have an example:
Let’s say you’re in a venue gaming and you see a great set. Now in any given set at the venue, realistically, the subtext of the dialogue you exchange with them is going to be “I’m trying to win you over and make you like me.” A lot of guys subconsciously use this subtext when they open and are often blown out. Why? Because the women read into your subtext and knew exactly what you were doing, this is why you will hear “Is that a line?” often, even if she hadn’t heard it before.
A better way to approach is to use the subtext of your opener. This is how most successful PUAs operate. For instance, Cajunâ€™s opener involves him asking girls if he looks like a drug dealer, so the subtext is simply that itâ€™s bothering his that he look like a drug dealer and he needs their opinion. When he says the opener he puts himself in the mind frame that it JUST happened to him so that his subtext is believable.
Cajun holds the view that the best way to approach is to look at the venue as a stage and look at each set as a scene you can enter into. Instead of using the above mind frames when opening try to use the subtext of a completely made up scenario that makes you exude attractiveness. Enter into the set under the subtext of “I just slept with all of these girls” and I will communicate that to them by the way I speak, not by the words I’m saying. All of your dialogue will remain the same as it normally was.
So what happens? They catch on very quickly and you will create attraction almost instantaneously. Women LOVE guys that they canâ€™t quite figure out, so if you go in acting like you just slept with them then you are basically a social enigma, which is like crack to them.
And this is why you can talk to them about robots for 3 mins and then all of a sudden make out! Subtext is the reason. You don’t always have to use the subtext of “I just slept with these girls”. You can use whatever you want, but this one works very well.
Subtext is one of those things that’s pretty hard to grasp through reading. That’s why Cajun and other Love Systems instructors created the DVD set “Beyond Words” so you can visually see it. In the DVD you can see Cajun teach in more depth other non-verbal techniques to attract women using your body language.
P.S. If you have any doubts about Cajun, check out Cajun picking up some hot girls. Itâ€™s a classic by now.