3.0. Major Update (Dating)
Date: 20-30 November 2019
Overview: The 3.0 update focused mainly on the dating and seduction section, but provided an upgrade throughout the whole course.
Basics of Power
- Social inflaters: new lesson tackling the phenomenon of those who pretend to be higher status than you are. Teaches how recognizing them and how to deal with them
- “Belly first dominant walk”: added the “belly first” style of dominant walk, together with a video reference
- Female power: add a new video example on how to express power with femininity
- Added more examples
Dating & Seduction
Overall, a major general update following a major focus on studying the best evolutionary psychology resources
- Sexual market value: new lesson
- What influences your SMV: new lesson with practical suggestions
- Mating strategies: new lesson, spun off from first lesson and more in-depth
- Mathematical way of finding your partner: new bonus lesson for those who want to settle down
Relationship Power Dynamics
- Games of chicken: added threats of violence
Sticky Social Situations
- De-escalation techniques: new lesson, spun off from the general overview and added more examples and techniques
- Handling mistakes: new lesson, spun off from “the list lesson”, improved and added more video examples
Social finessing, previously one big lesson consisting of quick “power pills” to help people improve their EI, is now 3 different lessons:
- Power: new lesson with more example
- Persuasion: new lesson with more examples
- Social Intelligence: new lesson with more examples
3.1 Update (Quizzes)
Version 3.1. saw a few aesthetics updates, and two new quizzes for male self-assessment:
- Provider/lover strategy: this quiz helps men to self-assess if they might be more suited for a provider or a lover strategy
- Short-term or long term: this quiz helps men self-assess what they do actually prefer, and decide when it’s time to settle down (based on Geoffrey Miller’s work)
4.0. Major Update (Basics of Power)
Date: January 2020
Based on the questions I received I realized that people would benefit from the basics a bit clearer.
And this is what this updated did: it added two lessons about the basic strategies of power.
Basics of Power
- The Fundamental Life Strategies of Power: New lesson on basic strategies and mindsets to help people be the most
- Warmth & Power: New lesson on warmth and power, the two dimensions people first assess when judging others
- Frame Control: New lesson on how to control frames
- What games is she playing: added one quiz on manipulative techniques
4.1. Workplace Self-assessment
Date: February 2020
- Quiz for women’s self-assessment: I added one quiz based on Lois Frankel’s work
- Dating as a provider examples: I added a couple of screenshots to provide more examples on how to date effectively as a provider
5.0 Major Update (Career Strategies)
Date: December 2019 – May 2020
Across these months I have focused on learning and researching as much as possible on workplace power dynamics and career strategies.
The result has been a complete overhaul of the career section. Not anymore just about power dynamics, but about career strategies. Hence the new name.
Part of the update:
- Women winning in business: 2 lessons for women to learn how to adapt and thrive in what’s still a male world
- Career success strategies: proven strategies to help you advance in your career
- Boss management: how to establish a boss relationship that helps you advance in your career
- Effective self-promotion: including Machiavellian strategies
- Enlightened business culture: for founders and bosses who want to establish cultures that nourish great relationships and effective action
- Political landmines: common mistakes you need to be aware of
- Exec soft-skills & how to convey power: this is the equivalent of the “how to convey power” lessons in the first module, but tailored to the workplace
- Bonuses: excel tools to keep track of your network, and self-assessment quizzes
- Frame control expansion: I realized that frames and frame control is a hugely important topic to help students master social interactions.
So now there are 3 lessons on frame: a basic one, a lesson on techniques with lots of examples, and a lesson on mindset.
Soon a quiz on frames to follow
6.0 Major Update
Date: September 2020 – December 2020
The new theme improved the design of the website, and it was especially aimed at improving the design and usability of the course.
This is a feedback from an early customer who could compare the two systems:
It’s a public post, so you can also read or comment on it here.
The most foundational lessons are now in the intro.
I’ve noticed too many enter the course thinking “I must be high-power/dominant” without fully appreciating the importance of alliances and the drawbacks of overpowering people.
So now they get those crucial lessons first thing.
The social skills module now comes before social power dynamics.
That makes more sense from a learning progression point of view.
- Social exchanges: new lesson added. This is a foundational lesson for understanding social dynamics and for some of the most important strategies for social success
- 2 new dominance styles: in the lesson “Archetypes of Dominance“, added the “status inflater” and the “easy life man”
- Body language of dominance: added a “mindset” for a high power walk
- Assertiveness quiz: 3 questions to give people a feel of how to strike an assertive balance between submission, assertion, and aggression
Social Skills: Advanced
- Social exchange quiz: 9 questions drawing from very different social scenarios. Includes analysis and strategic thinking. The goal is to help people internalize the basic rules of effective and successful socialization
- Assertiveness: a much-needed field guide to assertiveness. Including, of course, how to be assertive AND high-power (the two overlap but are not always the same)
- Introduction power dynamics: 2 new cases studies -one turned into a quiz-, together with strategic thinking on how to handle the aggressive openers
- Microaggressions & calibration: new lesson on calibration and handling all the smaller daily power moves. It replaced the former lesson “dealing with mean jokes”, and it’s both more advanced, as well as better tackling and explaining the basics
- Covert power moves – quiz: new quiz to help you level up your skills in reading covert power moves and more subtle power dynamics, including strategies to dealing with them. The example is from dating, but principles apply to all socialization.
- Manipulation: a brand new lesson on this very important aspect of social dynamics. How manipulation works, the strategies, how to defend oneself, and how to integrate manipulation in your social strategies.
Frame Control Strategies: New Module
Since frame control is so important, as well as so misunderstood, I dedicated a whole module to it.
- Frames 101: two new paragraphs on:
- Mindsets and belief of frame control
- “Frame cementing” technique, a super powerful tool of persuasion ju-jitsu
- Quiz – frame analysis: a new quiz on how to properly analyze frames, including power dynamics and strategies
- Frame control techniques: broke it into two lessons, added 2 more techniques (“frame shocking” and “frame stealing”), added more examples, plus general upgrade and improvement.
Relationships Power Dynamics
- How to maintain power & attraction: Added one more crucial technique, as well as mindset, together with real-life examples.
Leadership: New Module
- Leadership 101: new lesson on basic dynamics, strategies, and mindsets of leadership
To keep Power University as optimized as possible, I have removed some lessons or quizzes.
Worry not, the overall quality has gone up, and you can still find the best from these lessons:
- Dealing with mean jokes: there is a similar free post, and the lesson on microaggressions and calibration better cover this topic, too
- Case study – Johnny Depp: an interesting breakdown, but there is far better now on PU to help you internalize high-power behaviors
- Dealing with cold-blooded dominant men: it’s now an add-on in the private forums
- Workplace warfare: there is a similar post now. Warfare is rare, and you better avoid it than engaging, so this wasn’t a core lesson
- Handling rejections with power: there is a similar public post now
- World’s lies & manipulations – the systemic games people play: I will later turn this one into a public post. In PU, it will soon be replaced by a far better overview on manipulation.
- Genders & culture – different approaches to power: people are more similar than they are different, and focusing on commonalities is a better strategy for both learning and success. There is enough about gender differences in the course, and more practical. PU is ultimately about practical strategies, and this lesson was too theoretical.
- Verbal judo – handling slights and personal attacks: an interesting lesson, I’m considering to upgrade it and put it back. But as of now, the frame control module better covers this topic, and engaging in verbal slights is something that high-power, high-quality folks rarely do
- Dominant verbal bullying – Jamie Dimon quiz: too specific, not enough added value. To get into PU, it’s either something is a 9 or 10 in added value, or it’s out
6.2. Strategies of Power
Date: January 2021
- Fundamental strategies of power: New example with the mafia; going a bit deeper into the dangers of collaborations; added a new approach/mindset called “high-collaboration, high-paranoia”.