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We equip good people with the tools to win at life.

Our mission is to overturn the world order that often sees the most selfish and narcissistic people win -gaining power, riches, attractive mates, and leadership positions-.

This tendency has immense and often underappreciated costs for society and civilization at large.

But we don’t blame the overly selfish narcissists for it.
Instead, our approach is to empower those who are NOT overly selfish and narcissistic to win in life.

The stages of successful TPM development from “too nice” & naive to ready to fight and win, to win-win and flying higher

This is our mission because we believe that a world where more “good people” win is the single biggest jump humanity can make.

To do so we equip you with the mindsets and real-world strategies and techniques to be effective, achieve goals, and win at life.

For our mission to be effective we focus on “non-BS knowledge” of how people and the world really work and the strategies and techniques that work.
To do so we also championed a novel approach to self-development centered around “power dynamics“.

This start page provides you with an overview of how you can go ahead with your personal self-development work.

Why Power?

One might ask:

Why do you need power dynamics, or “Machiavellian” skills?

Isn’t that “bad”?

No, it’s not.

Self-development without power dynamics, strategies, and Machiavellianism is not enough.

We live in a world where the cream doesn’t naturally and necessarily rise to the top.
And working hard, providing value or “getting better” also don’t guarantee your success. We call that approach “naive self-help” here.

And that’s where power dynamics, (dark) psychology, and Machiavellianism enter the picture.
It’s the necessary other side of the coin, it’s the “street smarts” on top of the “book smarts”.

If self-development means “growing in your personal value and ability to give”, then this other side of the coin includes foundational steps such as:

  1. Knowing who to give value to (character assessment)
  2. How to get value back (setting up win-win)
  3. How to get the biggest bang for the buck (strategies)

Heaven & Hell Are Other People

This website is built on the belief that both halves of this statement are true:

Hell is other people.
And heaven is other people.

-The Power Moves

They’re both true at the same time.
Sometimes -or even often- within the same person.

You must deal with both, without letting either half get the best of you.

The first part of the sentence alone is over-cynicism. Not good.
The second part alone is naive. Also not good.

Power intelligence is what allows you to reduce -or eliminate- the “hell” part while expanding the “heaven” part.
On this website we show that whether you get more hell or more heaven, it’s largely up to you.

That’s the mindset of becoming an effective human being, achieving goals, developing great win-win relationships, and generally getting the most out of people -and life-.
And for the skills that complement the mindset, that’s what the rest of this website is for.

The main training grounds of this website include:


Social Skills / Power Dynamics

Mastering social skills requires 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.

Becoming a high-value individual also entails mastering power dynamics.
It’s a contradiction in terms to think one can be high-value without being powerful, in one way or another.


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.

Start here:

Both are shortened versions of corresponding chapters in “Dating Power Dynamics”.

2.2. Relationships

I know, I know what some will be thinking:

“relationships are not about power, they’re about love!”

The mistake there is in thinking that it’s a question of either/or, or that the two are in antithesis.
But they’re not.
A good understanding of power dynamics preempts abuse and does promote healthy and successful relationships.



Business / Career Strategies

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.
That’s why office power dynamics and career strategies are also an important topic of this website.

Start here:

For external resources, see:


Influence & Persuasion

The highest form of power is making people want to do it

In the free world we live in, power is exercised less with coercion, and more with persuasion and influence.

Start here:



Everyone manipulates.
But some do it more. And some always fall for it.

Learning how manipulation works make sure you’re not part of the second group.

Plus, there is tremendous overlap between persuasion and manipulation, so you can hardly learn one without the other.

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 disempowering them.

These posts will give a good idea on how manipulation works (and how pervasive it is):



Power without freedom is like a Ferrari without a steering wheel

This section overlaps most with general self-help, focusing on personal freedom, mental resilience, and self-development.

The most important from a TPM’s perspective into life and self-empowerment:

And some other important articles:

Business & Entrepreneurship

Business and entrepreneurship are not “core” to TPM as they’re not strictly part of people and human exchanges.

But they are also important building blocks of a good life, empowering you with money, freedom, and, ideally, a life’s purpose.

So I also often share information about the business side of ThePowerMoves.

One of the motivators that got me started on this website was anger -anger towards gratuitous abuse and the world’s injustices-, coupled with a desire to empower people to stand up for themselves.
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 me sharing decisions, results, and lessons learned in the forums:



An enlightened leader is a value-adding leader driven by values, tempered with real-world knowledge of power dynamics

Leadership is the tip of the pyramid in our self-empowerment efforts.

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.

Funny enough, once you correctly follow the steps of self-empowerment, leadership is also the natural consequence.
And if you also add the personal growth and value-adding concepts that this website espouses, then great leadership is also the natural consequence.

You won’t need to convince anyone.
People will want you to take that leadership.

The most important articles:



Case Studies

This website is built on the “internalized knowledge” concept:

Knowledge that changes lives is knowledge that must be simple to understand, internalize, and apply.

And for that, I am convinced that text alone can’t do it. And people delivering information standing in front of a camera, or a classroom, can’t do it.

For that, we need a mix of all mediums. And we need clear examples from real life.
That’s why my articles and products 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:



A thirst for wisdom with an acute allergy for BS is the only possible approach to effective learning

As we research to provide you with the best possible tools, we also share some of the resources we learn from in the form of summaries and reviews.

The Power Moves offers the web’s largest editorial list of free courses, resources, and book summaries and reviews.

Our reviews tend to be on the critical side.
We align with Karl Popper’s take that “pseudo-science seeks confirmations and science seeks falsifications”.
Plus, we believe that poor information is not “just” poor information, but it’s actively harmful. It wastes your time, the most limited resource you have, and potentially also actively hampers your progress.

In TPM’s view, bad content is also a stain to their creators.
We believe it’s a moral duty for every author to provide content that is as as trutful and effective as it can be, with as much evidence, science, and logic as they can muster.

And when I see some authors doing everything but, I see it as a slight to every one of us.
So on this website, you get very straightforward reviews and summaries.

See these two fundamental articles that apply to all self-help literature:

Then you can go to:


The Social Strategist: Our Introductory Book

The Social Strategist is our first book. It was written by Ali Scarlett based on TPM’s material, including examples from Ali’s life and including Lucio’s feedback. It provides a simple introduction to some of TPM’s foundational wisdom.

Our Mindset

We have 3 tops values that guide our work, and several equally important beliefs tied to self-empowerment:

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.

You might not always have the power to change right here and now, but it’s your duty to look for a way as hard as you can. Even if it might take you a lifetime of looking (and you will almost always find a way much sooner).

Sometimes choosing not to be a victim is about emotional pain and wounds.
Then it’s less about fighting it, and more about self-love and letting go.
And that’s also empowerment.

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.

Seek growth, rather than help

Ask for all the help you need. But work on yourself while you do it.

It’s immoral to expect others to help when you aren’t also at least trying to help yourself first.
Plus, it doesn’t work.
Sure, sometimes someone will rescue you. Just don’t bank on it.
Instead, seek to help yourself first.

Ask for a fish, and you’re back begging the next day for another. Learn to fish, and you can even help others.

  • The best way to stop abuse is power dynamics and self-empowerment

And it starts with you.

Thugs actively seek the easiest victim looking at how they walk. Manipulators seek the most gullible people. Abusers pair up with partners who are easy to control. And even good people can sometimes push your boundaries to see if you will stand.

Powerlnesslenss leaves you open to abuse.
Power instead allows you to enter value-adding social exchanges.

A world where more people seek self-empowerment is a world with less abuse, and a world where more well-meaning people can reach the top.

So do your part, and stay on your self-empowerment path.

You don’t want to be a lamb hoping to be in a lamb-friendly world.
Because it’s not.
Plus, there are a great many wolves who target naive lambs.
Remember the mantra: there can be no good without mastering evil.

TPM & Ali Scarlett
  • The best bet for a better world is learning power dynamics

Learning power dynamics and effective life-strategies is good for you, and for the world.

That’s because the cream doesn’t naturally rise to the top.
In truth, the scum, power-driven and with no moral qualms, is more likely to reach the top than the cream is.

That means that for a better world, we need a more power-aware cream to reach the top.
That’s the bottom mission of this website: equipping value-adding leaders to reach the top.

Cream and scum rise together.
Power-aware cream rises the highest.


Learn to navigate the darkness, but never lose sight of the light

TPM is about learning both the “cold” and calculative side of social exchanges, as well as the “dark” side of socialization and life strategies.

Things like manipulation, Machiavellianism, cynicism, aggression, Psychopathic behavior, social climbing, cheating, amoral strategies and, of course, power dynamics.

When learning the darker side of socialization some people can either lose their moral compass, or become so cynical and disillusioned, that they fail to appreciate the full beauty of human interaction, and the possibility of win-win.

However, the goal of this website is to move beyond the dichotomy and combine both: the dark side, and the light. The dark side is there to empower the light.

In more practical socializing terms, TPM combines both with the “high-power, high-warmth” approach.
Skills can be used to become a better human being, or a better dickhead. TPM is for the former.

Two quotes are relevant here:


“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”


You’re only as free as your personal and mental power allows you to be

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.


Freedom is both a mental and pragmatic achievement.

Practically, you can’t be free if you are overly dependent on someone to keep you in their group -or on the payroll-.

Emotionally, you can’t be free if you’re overly dependent on someone to approve of you, or make you happy.

Freedom start with personal empowerment. 

  • To be truly free you must understand your genetic programming: what’s good for the selfish genes is seldom good for you -or for those around 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

You’re only as virtuous as your personal power allows you to be

This is something that Jordan Peterson often says and that we wholeheartedly agree with.

Peterson says that a harmless man can’t be virtuous.

It’s the power of choosing your favorite course of actions that underpins virtue.
Individuals without the power and strength of making their own decisions cannot be virtuous.

Kindness and “yeses” are only virtuous if have the power of saying “f*ck you”.
There can be no good, without mastering evil.

Don’t necessarily fight authority, but it’s your duty to assess it and question it

With power doesn’t come virtue.

Many individuals in power will want you to do and believe what benefits them, not you or the greater good.

In business, the world’s narcissists and sociopaths are counting on you to close your eyes to their moral failures and to exchange your freedom for their success.
At the extreme, organized evil is only possible thanks to followers’ acquiescent execution.

The worst cases of “following orders” without questioning authority slaughtered millions.
The best cases, only killed their souls.

Read this foundational article,

the power move value
Civilization is GREAT. but to accept it you must first question it

Empower yourself to effectively question authority & leadership

Power requires checks and balances to make sure it stays fair.

Those checks and balances are only possible with the followers’ own empowerment.

It’s your duty to analyze and correctly assess the quality of your superiors.
The world will only go slower and worse if the quality of your superior is lacking and if you keep following unworthy leaders.

And if you find your leader unworthy, it’s your duty to find a way out (or vote them out, or overthrow them).

Practical quote:

Let’s be honest: if your boss is a piece of shit, what does that say about you when you’re still calling a POS, “boss”?
You don’t have the right to call him a POS if you’re not seeking a way out.

Higher-level quote:

A poor leaders’ dream is a disempowered and naive follower.

Before you join any group, walk and grow as an individual

Similar as above:

A poor leaders’ dream is a disempowered and naive follower.

To empower yourself, you may have to walk alone -as an individual- before joining any group.

Evade social policing, seek your answers from the most disparate sources, and escape any ideology-based group.

It’s more difficult, of course. And that’s the whole point.
If you don’t, you can rest assured that someone will try to make you walk their path. And again, that’s not always the path that better serves your interests.

Then, once you found yourself, join others to increase your leverage.

You will never find your unique voice if all you do is singing on someone else’s tune

Groups are great and can allow us to multiply our power, and flourish.

But group psychology also lends itself to easy manipulation to bring out the worst of human nature.
The worst of humankind originated from power-hungry sociopaths, bullies, and megalomaniacs, leading people who surrendered the self to join the group.

And your average Internet group probably takes way too much of your time.

Join any group you like.
Just be wary if it’s trying to override your independent thinking, and if it’s taking too much time away from your individual pursuits.

Ideologies is where weak egos go to hide.

man in crowd refused to do nazi salute

That’s enlightened individualism

Build & advance civilization, or fight & set it back

Many men have an often hard-to-admit drive to destruction.

That drives can lead to make up enemies, either figurative or literal, and start wars, both figurative and literal, that aren’t strictly needed.

Luckily, we also have an equally and often more powerful drive to build.

The difference in outcomes couldn’t be starker: wars set civilization back.
Building is what advances civilization.

It’s up to each individual and to each generation to ensure that we advance civilization.
The measure of an individual and a generation’s success is in how much they contributed and advanced civilization, VS how much they set it back.

Make sure you move us forward and add up, instead of subtract and set us back.

Fighting and war are a serious endeavor. Make that decision very carefully

Sometimes war is necessary, of course.

But choosing when to take up up arms is a generational-defining decision that you’re responsible to take very carefully.

And do it based on enlightened individualism first.

That will help you avoid the dark calls for inter-group hatred.
As men, many of us have a natural drive to form bands, take up arms, and fight “the other”.

If you’re a man, this is a reality of our nature. I know it is for me, too. Denying that drive is not only pointless, but harmful.
Plus, that drive can be a good thing.

But it’s your duty to make sure that the causes you fight for are valid.

What would you take up arms, and risk your life for?

Doing it to defend your beloved ones might be a duty.
Fighting for people’s basic freedoms might also be worth it.
But for a flag, or in a war for oil, it might be not.

Anybody can call for war -that is easy-.
But to wage war at the right time, for the right cause, and while maintaining our basic humanity, that is difficult. And that is what you are called for.

Fly higher than the turkeys and their petty games

The eagle of this website represents the final stage of a high-quality, effective, power-aware man/woman.

When you first enter into power dynamics, you start seeing lots of games and power moves.
And it’s easy to get caught up in them, feel slighted, angry, wanting to get your revenge and “show them”.

And that’s totally fair.

However, eventually, you want to reach a point where you start seeing the game “from above”.

What TPM generally moves towards is an approach that is “superior” and “above” to the “little shit” the turkeys play -hence the “eagle”-.

You see the games, but you’re not overly worried and bothered by all the games.
If anything, you’re disappointed by the person who does it.

Of course, you WILL intervene if it’s truly disempowering you -that’s part of being an effective man-.

But otherwise, you go through life that all those games are like water off a duck’s back.

You see that game, but you look at the turkey and think “what a turkey”.

You may want to kill the turkey, and potentially (figuratively) plot to kill the turkey -that’s totally fair and sometimes exactly what you gotta do-.

But ideally, never to the point that it pollutes your mind and life.

Even after a scrap that gets you emotionally, you want to soar back higher.


The Power Moves offers the following fast-track learning options:

Power University

There are well over a thousand articles and reviews here.

Power University, the course, ties it all together. It streamlines things while also providing more and better foundational learning and training with many important examples, strategies and techniques we can’t publicly share.

Seduction University

Power dynamics and best strategies in the service of both:

  • Effective dating to find a partner(s) in the quickest and most reliable way possible
  • Seducing people’s minds and hearts

About The Author(s)

Lucio Buffalmano is a social scientist on a mission.

The mission is to codify and teach the power dynamics and strategies that are going to allow tomorrow’s high-quality, value-adding leaders and eagles to reach their goals, reach the top of their chosen professions, and change the world for the better.

As time went by, several people supported TPM’s mission.
TPM, power dynamics as a discipline and the products that apply those concepts into real-life strategies have become a collaborative endeavor.

Some of the people who advanced the discipline and mission include:

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