The Power Moves is the most thorough and evidence-based e-learning platform on people, social dynamics, power, and life strategies.
What Do You Need Help With?
The main topics of this website include:
#1. Social Skills / Social Power
Learning social skills is learning power dynamics
Most people-related resources shy away from power.
The Power Moves instead believes that you can’t be socially skilled without learning and understanding power dynamics.
And becoming a high value individual also entails mastering power dynamics.
- Start here for an overview on the most important posts on power
- The fundamental laws of power
- Best books on power
#2. Influencing & Persuasion
The highest form of power is making people want to do it
In the free world we live in, most power is exercised not through coercion, but through persuasion and influence.
But some do it more. And some always fall for it.
Learning how manipulation works makes sure you’re not part of the second group.
What’s manipulation: Manipulation is persuasion that either harms the victim, blinds the victim to better alternatives, or makes the victim feel good while actually adding no concrete value.
These posts will give a good idea on how manipulation works (and how pervasive it is):
- The psychology of politicians’ manipulation
- Corporate manipulation: warning, you might start looking differently at your employer
- Best resources on manipulation
#4. Dating & Seduction
Everything is about sex. Except for sex. Sex is about power
The dating advice for women is, on average, very poor.
Check these posts to upgrade your dating skills:
The non-mainstream dating advice for men is much better than the one for women.
When it comes to game and techniques, today there are many good resources for men.
What’s lacking is a good, evidence-based overview of dating psychology, and dating power dynamics.
And that’s what I focused on so far.
Both are shortened version of corresponding chapters in “Dating Power Dynamics”.
A good understanding of power dynamics preempts abuse and promotes healthy relationships.
#6. Workplace Power Dynamics
Being good at your job is 1/3 of the battle.
The other 2/3 are being good at selling it and being good with the people that matter.
Money and resources confer power.
And I couldn’t run a website on power and life strategies without also discussing the power dynamics of business and office work.
But first of all:
- Read this before you go 100% into “corporate ladder climbing”: it will help you put things in perspective and develop a life that is larger than just your work
I’m still building the core of this section.
I want to make it as good as it can be, but there is not much research and information on workplace power dynamics and strategies,
In the meanwhile, see:
And albeit I’m usually more on the side of the powerless and oppressed, a**holes can be found anywhere, so here is a guide for managers and owners:
And, for a laugh’s sake:
An enlightened leader is a leader driven by values, tempered with real-world knowledge of power dynamics
The ultimate goal of learning power dynamics on this website is to make you an enlightened leader.
That’s the final stage on your path of self-development.
#8. Real-Life Case Studies
This website is built on this idea:
Knowledge that changes lives is knowledge that must be simple to understand, internalize, and apply.
And for that, we need clear example from real life.
That’s why my articles have so many videos, charts, screenshots with notes, and “mock dialogues”.
And that’s why there is a whole section of “real-life case studies”, where we analyze and break down the social and power dynamics of real-world interactions.
Some of the most popular include:
- Elon Musk analysis (abusive relationship & low EQ)
- Tai Lopez sales (manipulation techniques)
- Ben Shapiro (debate techniques)
Power without freedom is like a Ferrari without a steering wheel
This section is more similar to general self-help, focusing on personal freedom, mental resilience, and self-development.
Some important articles:
Business & Entrepreneurship
Albeit not one of the core topic of this website, business and entrepreneurship can empower you with money, freedom, and a life’s purpose.
So sometimes I end up sharing information about the business side of ThePowerMoves.
One of the motivators behind this website was anger -anger towards world’s injustices-.
And the second is a burning desire for freedom and independence.
Entrepreneurship can combine the two with a financially viable business. You can read more about the values behind The Power Moves:
And what I’m focusing on in the forum, feel free to ask anything:
#9. Book Reviews
I’m a wisdom seeker who’s highly allergic to personal biases, unscientific drivel, unsubstantiated claims, and general BS
I read and research a lot, both for personal development, and for writing great articles.
Much of the books I read, I also summarize and review publicly.
As you might have noticed, I’m not one of those reviewers who sees the positives in everything he reads.
I believe that poor information is not just poor information, but it’s actively harmful. Not only it wastes the most limited resource we possess, but it also makes worst human beings.
Bad content also speaks badly about their creators.
I believe it’s a moral duty and a moral obligation for every author to fact-check their content with as much evidence, science, and rationality as they can muster.
And when I see some authors doing everything but, I see it as slight to everyone of us.
That’s why I have little patience for fluff and woo-woo theories.
Unsubstantiated claims presented as facts drive me wild. And I have a personal beef with snake oil salesmen.
So on this website you get very straight forward reviews and summaries.
- Book reviews: all reviews on one page, ordered by rating
- Book summaries: all summaries in one page, no order
The Power Moves Values
- Power starts by choosing never to be a victim: There is no shame in being a victim when you didn’t know any better or couldn’t have done anything about it.
But it is immoral staying a victim when you know you are one and when you have the power to change -and you almost always have-.
Yes, it was painful and you got all my sympathy. Truly. But it comes a time when you must say “f*ck your sympathy” and get going.
- You’re only as free as your personal and mental power allows you to be: you can’t be free if you depend on someone’s approval, on someone to make you happy, or on someone to keep you on the payroll.
You earn your freedom through personal power, financial independence, and mental development
- You’re only as virtuous as your personal power allows you to be: it’s the power of making your own decisions and choosing your course of actions that underpins virtue.
Individuals without the power and strength of making their own decisions cannot be virtuous.
“Yes” is only virtuous when you had the strength of saying “no”
- Seek growth, not help: It’s immoral to expect others to help when you aren’t also trying to help yourself first.
Plus, it doesn’t work. Sure, sometimes someone will rescue you. Just don’t bank on it.
Ask for a fish, and you’re back begging the next day. Learn to fish, and you can even help others.
- Question authority: Organized evil is based on followers’ acquiescent execution.
In business, the world’s narcissists and sociopaths are counting on you to close your eyes on their moral compass and exchange your freedom for their success.
The worst cases of “following orders” without questioning authority slaughtered millions.
The best cases, only killed their souls.
- Question authority II: Power requires checks and balances to make sure it stays fair. Those checks and balances start with the followers’ own empowerment.
It’s your duty to analyze the quality of your superiors. And if unworthy, it’s your duty to find a way out: you can’t follow morally bankrupt leaders and think of yourself a worthy individual
Let’s be honest: if your boss is a POS, what does that say about you when you’re still calling a POS, “boss”?
- Rebel, seek to forge for your own path: Not rebelling for repealing’ sake, but to find yourself first and foremost.
To get to know you, you must walk by yourself (at least for a while).
You will never find your unique voice is all you do is singing on someone else’s tune
- The best bet for a better world is learning power dynamics: there can be no good without mastering evil.
You can’t legislate fairness, respect, politeness and win-win relationships. But you can learn how to get them in your own life.
- To be truly free you must understand your genetical programming: what’s good for the selfish genes is rarely good for the world -or for you-. You cannot be free unless you first learn how your unconscious drives are pushing you around.
Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs
-Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene“
- Be wary of groups, prefer healthy individualism: group dynamics lend themselves to easy manipulations and can bring out the darker side of human nature.
Much of the worst of humankind originated from idiots, leading people who never questioned authority. Feel free to join any group you want, just don’t let it influence you too heavily while you work on your personal power.
Groups is where weak egos go to hide.
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I’m into efficiency.
And reading a crazy amount of books is not efficient because there is too much padding.
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If you’re looking for the quickest fix to upgrading yourself, they might be good for you.
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There are over a thousand articles and reviews here.
Social Power, the course, ties it all together.
It’s the quickest way to learn real-life social skills, upgrade your emotional intelligence and, of course, learn and apply power dynamics to empower yourself.
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About The Author
I’m a social scientist on a mission.