The Tao of Badass is a dating/pickup training program that came out in 2011. Created by Joshua Pellicer, The Tao of Badass touts to have “everything you have to know to be a complete badass with women.”
The Tao of Badass is a collection of the namesake 150-page eBook, plus four bonus booklets that cover:
- The Friend Zone
- Monogamy vs. Polyamory
- Breaking Up Like a Man
- Never Get Cheated On
Does The Tao of Badass deliver? How does it compare to the other dating programs out there? And do I recommend it for you? Let’s take a closer look.
What’s Inside The Tao of Badass
Author Joshua Pellicer has a background steeped in psychology and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). This shows when you flip through the pages of The Tao of Badass. The program aims to be a complete A-to-Z show-all and tell-all about women and dating. It goes deep into the psychology of relationships and how gender roles have changed over the years.
The Tao of Badass also goes into the topics of:
- Approaching women
- Recognizing and overcoming a woman’s many “tests”
- Reading and reacting to female body language cues
It’s all pretty interesting, with a few truly original insights thrown in.
What’s more, the Tao of Badass attempts to complete the package with a section on “Relationship Balance.” It shares a few techniques on “creating love” so that the reader can turn a casual relationship with a woman into a committed, long-term one, if he chooses.
Tao of Badass: What’s Good
Reading through The Tao of Badass and its bonus books, I couldn’t help but feel reminded of 2008. That I think was the year the pickup scene “graduated” from those crazy years of peacocking. It was also the beginning of more practical, pragmatic approaches. Joshua’s content is clear, crisp, and to-the-point – it makes readers stop, think, and agree.
If you’ve ever read David DeAngelo’s work, The Tao of Badass is very similar. Only less funny, and more technical.
The Tao of Badass does most things right. It introduces newbies to:
- How the dating game really works
- Which mindsets and attitudes to avoid
- How the female mind really operates
There’s a lot of basic and introductory information here, but Tao of Badass is not a lightweight product.
Perhaps the program’s biggest advantage lies in its “overview” section, where it orients the reader with the basics of attraction:
- The power of confidence
- The importance of working on your inner game
- The making of crucial lifestyle changes
Here it presents its case so clearly that newbies to the game will immediately catch on and feel the urge to better themselves.
Another advantage that The Tao of Badass has is that it doesn’t leave the reader hanging (for the most part). Not like many other dating programs out there, The Tao of Badass gives the reader a sort of “endgame” scenario. It presents the goal as being able to settle down into a committed relationship with the girl of your dreams. It then proceeds to give a few techniques that can make precisely that happen.
So, in short:
The good of The Tao of Badass is that it’s smooth and simple enough for first-timers. Newbies to the seduction game can easily and quickly understand and appreciate the information. So, if you’re looking for your very first training program, The Tao of Badass can be a good bet.
Tao of Badass Bad Review!
Now, all that being said, The Tao of Badass has some crucial drawbacks. Perhaps its most easily-noticed drawback are the gaps in information throughout the book. Granted, it’s next-to-impossible to cram the A-to-Z of pickup and dating into a 150-page eBook. The Tao of Badass skims over most of its content to put the most important information forward in as few words as possible.
As a result, some parts of the book can potentially leave readers scratching their heads. In these parts, a few examples or analogies would have helped flesh out the information. But since there weren’t any, readers are forced to fill in the blanks themselves, or be forced to see how the information works out in the real world.
I believe clear information is crucial for removing the initial fear that keeps newbies from taking action. So I hope this is a sore point that Joshua Pellicer will tackle in future editions.
What’s more, perhaps the book’s biggest weakness comes in its explanation on how to start a committed relationship with a woman. The Tao of Badass claims that every interaction with a woman goes through 4 stages:
- A Relationship Balance
This is similar to the now-famous IRAE Model popularized by Shogun Method. The IRAE Model outlines the four phases as Intrigue, Rapport, Attraction, and Enslavement. The Tao of Badass’s “creating love” section comes off as rather flimsy and lightweight compared to Shogun Method’s “Enslavement” stage. (Side note: Shogun Method is reviewed here.)
All of The Tao of Badass’s bonus booklets are interesting reads. But they all reinforce the feeling that the program is tailored for newbies looking for quick, casual relationships. If you’re not into “picking up women”, then Tao of Badass may not be for you.
Are you a more experienced reader who’s looking for something new to sink their teeth into? You may find The Tao of Badass a welcome review of the basics, but find nothing new to chew on.
Tao of Badass: What’s Ugly
This is a purely cosmetic gripe, but anyway…
While The Tao of Badass and its bonus booklets are all well-designed and easy on the eyes (as far as PDF eBooks go), the typography leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the eBook’s Chapters are presented in big blocks of text, and unless you’re a good reader, it’s easy to get lost and/or stuck in the reading.
It certainly doesn’t help when the Tao of Badass looks exactly like those useless Pickup Artist PDFs that you get in for “free” in exchange for your email address. Of course, this does not imply that Tao of Badass is a scam.
(Then again, if a guy has trouble even just reading a book, then he probably has bigger problems than women to deal with!)
Tao of Badass Review Verdict
Let’s compare The Tao of Badass to our top dating program for three years running – Shogun Method by Derek Rake, which you can find here. The Tao of Badass is a good choice for readers who have yet to pick up their first dating training program. It’s a decent presentation of the A-to-Z’s of pickup and seduction, giving the reader a good overview of what to expect out there.
The Tao of Badass is also recommended for guys who want to try their hand at pickup for the first time. It’s doubly recommended for guys who aren’t really interested in finding a long-term girlfriend at the moment.
That’s owing to The Tao’s heavy emphasis on the familiar approach-to-seduction sequence. Comparatively, it touches only lightly on starting and maintaining a committed relationship.
So yes – if you’re new to the dating/pickup game…
…and if you’re looking to start casual, consensual relationships with more than one woman…
…and if you’re the type of guy who likes to improvise along the way…
…then The Tao of Badass should make for a great (albeit basic) introduction to one of the more exciting, more rewarding periods of your life.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a resource you’ll use (and reuse) for the rest of your dating life…
…or if you’re looking to start a strong, happy, long-term relationship with the girl of your dreams…
…then you’ll be better off by taking a more established choice off the shelf, such as the Shogun Method. It’s our top choice for three years running for good reason.