|A man with wisdom to sell said once:
Blues is nothing else than a good man who suffers hard
thinking to the woman he once had.
I was looking for my woman in my bed but all that I
found are some crumbles of what I always intended to
write and do but I never did.
( Parsec )
Written by Parsec
Thought by Macno & Parsec
As an old jester in a mirror, a man is sadly compelled
to aknowledge his age and his mental structure. To avoid
it it's safer and painless but it's not a big deal.
Nothing in here will sound new to you.
Ego-stimulation is in us all.
We just never gave a name to it.
If you compare Freud's "Libido" to the
necessity of having our genetic code reproduced and
supported we can speak about "Ego-stimulation"
as what we get following the necessity of having
confirmation that our mental structure is good and can
serve us for all the purpose we are intended to use it.
So it is a primal biological consequence similar to
the psychologic desease described by Fromm as
"Narcisism" or the bending of all the
"libido wires" toward ourselves. We all have
the same basic esigences but these are remarked more or
less depending from the singles tendences. While balanced
people extend the wires of their libido toward most of
the objects outside ( The Carillon first, the School Bag
then the Car or the computer ) the pathologic case has
tied his libido inward, toward himself.
We all lived this situation, being us into our mother
for 9 months. All we knew was ourselves and few other
things ( I.e. The RED colour or the wet sensation of warm
and protective liquid silent ). So we tied ourselves to
our primitive form of consciousness. Our mental
This tendence can grow in a more evoluted sort of
mutation when we can't expand our libidos to other things
and it remains tied to our own mind. Instead of having
interest in the world around us we keep ourselves as the
most valuable thing known.
In well-balanced minds this phenomenon is, however,
also present and Fromm describes this as a normal
biological tendence remarked by the normal survival
instinct so we can deduce that, however, every mind since
the beginning of humankind as we know it today, always
felt the need to receive positive Ego-stimulation or, in
other words, felt the need of being considered
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There are many ways to obtain Ego-stimulation but only
few of them really give strong, compact and effective
Ego-stimulation. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of
Ego-stimulating activities but they can all be reduced to
one single mass law. Expressing the production of our
mental structure we expose the structure itself. When we
receive appreciation for this we receive inner
satisfaction and the result is an Ego-stimulating
activity. Singing, painting, playing theatre or composing
are parts of the same thing. So we can say that Arts are
one of the first activity to be Ego-stimulating or
The more an activity is related to our mental
structure or, generally to us, the more, when it's
appreciated, it results in Ego-stimulation.
Survival instinct and reproductive instinct can't
explain alone the whole developing of the modern social
structure. If we include the need of being Ego-stimulated
in the basic biological needs, a clearer structure will
Historical leaders should have been very
Ego-stimulated to manage to conquer whole continents and
whole populations, travel trough oceans and discover new
lands. We probably learn in schools that Einstein
"loved" to study and discover or Alexander The
Great just "wanted" to conquer the world but
they never told us why the hell they wanted to do so
instead of being simply workers or farmers. The most
probable hypothesys is that they were just very
Ego-stimulated by the idea of being such smart asses.
The concept itself of "scene", widely
described in the first issue of Abnomega, is completely
based on Ego-stimulation. Every human congregation has
the structure of a scene and the scene's engine it's the
It's the idea of being Ego-stimulated that leads every
scene member of every scene to work on the scene-related
productions and it's the Ego- stimulation that leads
every follower of a scene to join the scene and become a
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To be correct people is not enough the respect of laws
alone. It's necessary to adeguate the behaviours to the
basic principles of social human life who forbid to do to
others what we don't want done to ourselves.
( A Driving-License Manual )
( Not joking )
A poorly cuddled child or a child without his father
or fruit of a society that refused to make him join the
first involving activities. All of those experiences can
generate in one's mind the lack of self-confidence that,
growing older, can be source of problems from anorhessia
or stuttering to the simple shyness or embarrassement.
Ego-stimulation is what insicure people need. Very
deep changes can be remarked among insicure people who
received massive doses of people's agreement.
Ego-stimulation can fulfill the lack of self-confidence
in those who lost it due to any environmental factor of
The main motivation that can explain the presence of
people with problems based on lack of self-confidence is
that their desease stops them from exposing their mental
structure or themselves and, of course, the fact that
they suppose themselves to be normal and, all in all,
well balanced people.
The Media world always knew ( Or had many happy
intuitions about ) that the right way to obtain something
from people is to interact with it so that they can think
to be smart.
The first try in Ego-stimulation in TV shows and
movies was merely based on having the subject projecting
himself into the story of the movie, on the character and
it worked fine.
Now it's a bit different. TV shows tend to involve
people at home, you will always hear "And you can do
it also at home!". The future of TV and Movies is
toward the total involving of who's watching. Tomorrow's
trend is the Virtual Reality where you totally interact.
So KARAOKE is born and it works even better.
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To know we're able in doing what we intend to do is
Ego-stimulating. Let's talk i.e. of Videogames. A VG
designer could put a big red gadget in the middle of the
screen and say "Ok. To win you must click in the
gadget". I'm ready to bet that his videogame will
not sell a copy. The problem isn't the lenght in time of
the game. If you think to that kind of fast and violent
videogames where you are suddenly killed as soon as you
enter the game you should see what I mean.
Even that Videogame is however more Ego-stimulating
because it throws a challenge. Designers could put
infinite weapons in their game or fast starships... but
the slower the ship, the involving the game. So a
designer put a LOT of stupid and easy-to-defeat enemies
and it also create a lot of nice explosions so that
you'll be satisfied. Of course our brain is not so stupid
to really Ego-stimulate for such an easy task... but the
feeling of being slighty stimulated is worth a coin and
that's what they do for a living: Build machines to
spread small doses of Ego-stimulation. Enough to
stimulate your mind in a very subliminal way and always
not enough to make you feel the urge to have it again the
It's actually possible to self-stimulate our ego but
the fruits of this behaviour can viciously deviate our
mind since they can make us lose focus on reality.
Self-Ego-stimulation is like masturbation. We fool our
body showing him mental and/or real images pregnant of
sexual meanings and our body, following Pavlovian's
reflexes, get excited. Then we stimulate our body in
order to obtain the pleasure tied to the feeling of being
With the same mechanism we can self-stimulate our Ego.
Following the same logic we just need to fool our mind in
order to simulate the experience of being ego stimulated.
A nice experiment could be to put on your stereo a tape
with a lot of people cheering and then concentrate on
their voices and just feel they're cheering at you.
Like masturbation it will be nice while you are doing
Like masturbation you'll feel stupid when it ends.
Real Ego-stimulation always comes from others'
comments and has real affecting power only when we know
that other people appreciate our mental structure or our
mental productions. A lot of people has a
non-proportionated self opinion about themselves mainly
because they self-Ego-stimulate subliminally. Probaby
they just look at their productions as if they were
considered great by many people. This leads, in the long
run, to deep delusions since the opinion they had about
their expressions wasn't based on other's comments.
This is, of course, misleading and wrong and it can be
taken as a good example to clearly show that humbleness
is the only way to obtain later deep Ego-stimulation. If
we consider neutral every mental structure and every
production of it, every negative comment on it will
suggest us new ways to work, improving our creative
process with no pain. every positive comment will ego
stimulate us improving our self opinin.
When we know that someone is talking nice about one of
our expressions the first thing that comes to our mind is
to say to ourselves or to anyone present at the moment
that we don't know him and we have influenced that
comment with anything else that our work. A stark example
of the power of other's comments on our brain.
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Fromm speaks also about another phenomenon in the
common mind's structure. The tendence to make everything
fit the "daily" standard. Our brain has the
tendence to live things in order to make them become
abitudinary so it can hold a better control on them.
Ego-stimulation, under this point of view, offers some
negative turns. If we obtained strong egostimulation
because of our mental structure, we quickly will adequate
our brain to this new stimulation that comes from the
We will rapidly become insensible to the normal dose
of Ego-stimulation but in the same time we will increase
the need of being stimulated. Under this point of view
Ego-stimulation can be seen as an heavy drug and lead to
the very same problems of it with the only difference of
giving a mental-only addiction similar to cocaine.
Note: Too bad I know not much about Endocrinology but
it could be interesting to study how ego stimulations
interact with endocrin glandes and what substances are
secerned while being ego stimulated. Under this point of
view Ego-stimulation can lead people to something more
than just mental addiction.
STIMULATION: THE DISEASE
Probably the idea of being Ego-stimulated can hardly
manage to sound unpleasant ( being this idea
Ego-stimulating itself ) but this kind of stimulation
offers negative aspects that we can't afford to miss.
Base of the human chance to improve is the self
consciousness of being capable of doing crappy errors at
any time. You will never find enyone saying "I'm
perfect" just because it's common opinion that this
can't be true. So you'll find a lot of people who just
nods when talking about this kind of self criticism but
never really tried a so hard operation. The main idea of
being self-critic is well seen by the social environment
so: it's Ego-stimulating to claim it but ther's no need
to really be it.
Another intresting fact is that most of the people (
Including yourself ) can probably bet that they ARE
effectively conscious of being able to go wrong and ready
to admit it whenever necessary.
Nice to see so many hands standing.
It's hard to realize that "being capable of doing
wrong and admit it" it doesn't mean that we can say
"I'm wrong" when we are wrong. It means that we
may do something honestly considered good without
realizing that we are instead going very wrong. If we
already have done an action, we hardly will come back and
consider it negative. I know it sounds bad but think on
it for a moment. When someone tell us something about one
of our negative behaviours we suddenly feel the urge to
explain the motivation behind that behaving. That's
because we don't like the idea of having done something
wrong and we mostly dislike those who go wrong.
Explaining is a way to deviate the guilty and motivate it
but for the very same motivation that leads us to explain
us we ARE effectively guilty.
The more we assume we're doing the right, the more it
will be difficult for us to admit our errors. Under this
point of view Ego-stimulation is very dangerous because
it inhibits the natural self-consciousness tendence and
the self-critic system necessary to evolve in better
states of mind.
Note that this is a dossier on Ego-stimulation alone
so I'll not spend time explaining you why I consider
mental evolution good for humankind assuming you already
evolved to this point of view.
I'm sure this documentation will open new discussion
about Ego-stimulation. How it has influenced humankind's
minds? What has been done under influence of
Ego-stimulation? How many of us are abnormally
Ego-stimulated? Is Macno an Ego-stimulation-addicted?
The field is wide and still to be explored.
All that's blues, sonny.
( Crossroads )
( Macno )
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