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Social functioning


Introduction to social functioning

This visual immersive course is designed to help navigate ambivalent social situations and interpersonal power dynamics. Through informative lessons, and situational practices, learners acquire the skills necessary to advance in their lives and accelerate their careers.

The lessons help understand social dynamics, recognize interpersonal cues, reshape one’s own response, and develop new habits. As a result, graduates of the course leave with an immediate impact on their social standing and personal circumstances. The modules introduce the core power operators within society and the concept of the human boundary system to provide a well-rounded understanding of the world around and the methods to drive life outcomes towards the desired direction.

Content type: Interactive graphic novel, infographics, text, video.

Modules: 2 taught modules, 4 practice modules, 1 play-based module.

Length: 7 weeks, self-paced.

Course outcome: Above average social skills.

“I have not only gained knowledge but also developed a strong sense of confidence and the ability to assert myself. I’m sincerely grateful for the training to help shaping me into the person I am today.”

— Roland McGuire, early participant

The visually-enriched learning environment of the course is designed to offer a natural, interaction-based learning to dissect the complexity of building social fitness. The course offers a combination of educational materials (illustrations and text) and scenario-based practices (graphical social interaction-decoding drills).

Read the author’s note on the theoretical pillars of the course.

Self paced independent learning allowing for reflection and experimentation.

Optimised for desktop, laptop and tablet devices (accessible from mobile devices)

Course Lessons

Week 1 – Social power dynamics

This first educational module introduces the core power operators within society and their role in troubling experiences. The content explores the stereotypes attached to various personality traits, examines the impact of family status, and the effects of being non-average on any physical or mental scale.


Introduction Personal factors Familial & network factors Major cultural factors Cumulated impact Quizz

Week 2 – Interpersonal power dynamics

In this second module, the concepts of a human boundary system and its layers are introduced. The lessons illustrate how power operates in interpersonal dynamics, and how responses can be understood and strategised for the best outcome.


Introduction Overview of the boundary system Boundary Level 1 – Public level Boundary level 2 – Personal level Boundary level 3 – Private level Boundary level 4 – Physical level The rules of changing level

Week 3 – Unmasking interactions

The training modules start with simple scenario-based drills to learn how to decode power games and boundary intrusions. Graphic novels, also known as serious comics, are utilized to translate verbal conversations into their non-verbal counterparts and help grasp clues and intentions.


Introduction In work environment Friends and family context In romantic relationships In the dojo (optional) At the business table (optional)

Week 4 – Complex interactions

By expanding on the skills gathered in previous practices, this training module lets the learner practice recognizing the underlying intentions and type of boundary intrusions experienced in various life scenarios. Multi-panel graphic novel pages are used to illustrate the escalation of events and the potential turning points of a situation.


Introduction In work environment Friends and family context In romantic relationships In the dojo (optional) At the business table (optional)

Week 5 – Blatant exploitation attempts

This module shifts the focus from recognising the dynamics to applying the new knowledge and try out responses that might resolve a situation. Through a variety of life scenarios, the module offers to practice the fundamental strategies to safeguard one’s boundaries.


Introduction Situations with small number of factors Situations with high number of factors

Week 6 – Covert exploitation attempts

In this module, the newly acquired social skills are further ingrained by taking the scenarios a step further and looking into subtle attempts that. Navigating these situations requires the defence to be carefully applied. The module is designed to aid in understanding the subtleties of power games and the versatility of the response strategies that were previously introduced.


Introduction Situations with high number of factors Situations with small number of factors

Week 7 – Walk of life

In this final module, there is an opportunity for play-based learning with an interactive comic book story. By exploring different life outcomes, the module can aid in grasping the consequences of repeatedly applying a particular response type. By the end of this module, social functioning and mental resilience have been advanced, and learners leave with transformative new skills.


Introduction Storyline

Content preview

The thought material: The fundamentals of social dynamics and interpersonal interactions are explained with the help of illustration and text.

The practice modules: The underlying power dynamics in everyday interactions are decoded through contextual graphic novels (serious comics).

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