Framework for Success

When I initially started Ego Engineering, I had a system in mind- a sort of “one size fits all” matrix that anyone could use to engineering themselves into a person optimized for success. But as I quickly realized, “success” is, societal models notwithstanding, a highly relative ideal, the definition of which is boundless and without any clear criteria beyond the ultimate goal of personal satisfaction and perceptive perfection.

To account for this rather inconvenient truth, I began the process of reformulating Ego Engineering with a more modular approach in mind. I opted to start with the universals- a series of articles dedicated to addressing ideals which, albeit abstractly, succeeded in conveying the necessary information (what I refer to as “Necessities”) for anyone wishing to engineer their Egos, irrespective of individual differences of criteria for “success”.

While there is still much work to be done in addressing these universals, It should be noted that while these “necessities” are the foundation for Ego Engineering, the real magic comes into play for the particulars- the specific applications of universal truths in such a form optimized for particular criteria [of success].

These particulars enable everyone to self-engineer themselves in such a way that is optimized for their individual, familial, cultural, national, and global values, allowing for a self-evolving system that is truly versatile and evolutionary, without any limitations for the optimization and improvement of the self, regardless of whether the “self” is individual or collective in nature. What sets Ego Engineering apart from other self-help programs, is that it is truly versatile- it is not a generic “one size fits all” system, but a uniquely versatile framework.

The framework of Ego Engineering, which, like fractals, permits for seemingly contradictory patterns to branch off from a common source, interact with, and even synthesize with each other, is what makes such versatility possible. While the universals are held in common, there are no restrictions of morality, values, priorities, or even virtues. Anyone can use this framework to freely choose what they wish to become, and the means by which to become anything and everything is designed to be continually optimized and evolutionary. With Ego Engineering, you are limited in who or what you can become only by your own imagination.

Once I build the initial framework, Ego Engineering will take on its own life, and emanate and evolve on its own, like a living being, feeding off the creative energies of those that utilize it. As we all apply it to our own lives, to manifest success as we understand it, it is my belief that the framework will synthesize a new reality, the likes of which we could now scarcely imagine. A reality where the evolution of the self finally becomes infinite.

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Fostering Discipline

The purpose of Ego Engineering is to create a knowledge-driven framework to optimize the self so as to realize one’s potential. But knowledge without application is dead, and I myself have admittedly failed to apply my own advice, owing largely to a lack of personal discipline. To understand what I mean by “discipline”, let us first separate it into the primary components that discipline constitutes in the context of self-improvement:

1. Habits: This is the foundational focus of Ego Engineering, to build perfection on habits that are optimized for one’s purpose in life, and the goals thereof.

2. Expectations: When one is expected to be great (either by others or themselves) great they will tend to become. Expectations are thus a relatively reliable predictor of success. Of course, the inverse also tends to be true. I first wrote about this here:

3. Resolve: To ensure that you are disciplined in your goals, you must be sufficiently resolute in your motivation to see such goals through. To be disciplined you have to genuinely desire to manifest the goals for which the discipline is motivated.

4. Follow-through: This is the one I’ve been most concerned with: what enables people to follow-through with the resolve, habits, and expectations they need to formulate personal discipline? Interestingly enough, the answer to this is more a mindset than anything, but to better understand this, let me first give a little anecdote of my years in the group home system

I lived in the group home system for my entire adolescence (from 13 to 18 years old), and during that period there was a rigorous system of structure for every aspect of my life, from schedules to education to productivity to play time to chores….and everything was based on a rewards system where adherence to a structured life resulted in more freedom and money. From a psychological standpoint, group homes work like magic, transforming chaotic ruffians into sophisticated members of society. From every measure of what works and what doesn’t, I like my fellow residents became a sophisticated adult, ready to take on the world with a mature grace guaranteed by a rigorous system 0f well-reinforced structure.

Yet after I left “the system”, I became lazy, mindless, and completely lacking in any motivation to make anything of myself. I stopped taking my meds, slept and woke up at random hours, and spent every waking hour watching movies and porn and Japanese anime and playing video games. It was as if I were a young child who impulsively did what pleasured him most in the moment, without any plans for the future or personal goals to work towards…it was as if I had never lived a life of structure at all!

So what happened? To answer this question, I asked my mom for her opinion on the issue: “How do you acquire discipline?” Her answer, wise and simple as ever: “Discipline is when you make a decision, and follow through with it.” From this statement, I was able to derive a few choice morsels:

1. Discipline requires following through with one’s decisions

2. You must consciously make decisions in order to instill discipline.

3. To instill discipline, the one who makes and follows through with decisions must be you!

The third morsel in particular has explained a great deal for me; the reason why the group home system failed to instill any discipline in me at all, is because they made all the decisions for me, I didn’t have any say in the matter! When someone else makes decisions for you, those decisions are only relevant so long as they have a strong impact on your environment, so when you leave that environment, all the “discipline” built up then, it just fades away as no longer relevant, because your new environment does not not require that which the disciplined environment did. So in this respect, discipline that is decided by the environment is only relevant until the environment changes, as we are in a way a “product of our environment”.

The product of environment bit is particularly disturbing, as it would seem to undermine freewill. But consider this: If you can be sufficiently independent so as to be yourself irrespective of the external world, you are still a product of your environment, the difference being that you are your environment. This is where true self-discipline comes in: When you make your own decisions, and follow-through with your decisions, you become your own environment, and so the discipline stays with you regardless of changes in external phenomena.

When you consciously make your own decisions of your own accord, you’re telling yourself “these habits, expectations, resolve, and decisions are important to me”, that the importance of such decisions is not limited to a particular environment. Discipline is the self-reinforcement of a self-decided character, a character that is the same at work, at school, at leisure, at play, it stays with you wherever you go, until you consciously decide to get rid of it.

This kind of universal discipline is true discipline, and it cannot be fostered by your external environment– all everyone else can compel you to do is to simulate it– to instill this kind of discipline you must proactively decide everything, and follow-through with those decisions on a continual basis, keep following-through until it all becomes second nature to you. When consciously deciding to follow-through with your own decisions becomes second nature to you, that is when you know you have achieved true discipline.

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Habits: The Beginning

The purpose of Ego Engineering, is to empower a person to modify their Ego to be optimized for their goals in life, whatever they may be. Habits are the foundation of success, and to be successful in anything requires optimizing one’s life to best meet the objectives (and the prerequisites thereof) of meeting one’s goals. A celebrity must condition themselves to have high charisma, an inspiring character, and a high standard of personal aesthetic. A successful lawyer must be well-versed in the interpretation and analysis of the law, conditioned to be morally agnostic, and also have high charisma. Every occupation and lifestyle without exception requires habits to condition one’s success, as success itself is built upon the foundation of habits which are optimized for one’s life.

If you wish to modify only small parts of your character, it will only be a matter of changing existing habits, and the analysis of existing habits so as to ensure they are compatible with and have affinity for the new ones. However, if you are really aiming for a perfect life, where perfection is the fulfillment of a life optimized for your purpose (in other words, fulfillment of your potential), you must start from the very beginning, with a blank slate; that is, you must completely eradicate all existing habits, and only when you are certain of what habits will optimize you for your purpose, begin to built up a new life entirely, a life built on the foundation of habits optimized for your “true self”.

The concept of returning oneself to a “blank slate” for the purposes to living a life optimized for one’s true self is known as the “Ego Death“. The reason for this ominously dramatic-sounding name, is because the Ego itself is no more than the illusory consciousness created by habits and perception. You perceive, and thus you know (assume) to be, you behave, and so you condition. The human Ego is the product of conditioning behavior through habits, and conditioning perception through axioms.

Even if you have no interest in enlightenment or “Oneness”, it should be understood that the annihilation of all existing habits and axioms is necessary for one to radically change their life, because all radical self-change is built upon a degree of modification of habits and axioms so great that it can only be reliably accomplished by building on a fresh foundation. This can only be done by letting go of everything you’ve ever know, done, behaved, and perceived, and starting everything from the very beginning.

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Engineered Satisfaction

One of my close friends, a girl I know only from online chat but who I consider to be my sister, is unhappy; she is so lacking in happiness, in fact, that she believes that someone would have to be crazy to believe they could be truly happy. She believes that for someone to find, or even to create lasting happiness– such a goal is impossible to achieve. Yet I believe that finding, or engineering such a happiness is not only possible, but achievable by anyone who wishes to attain it.

So first of all, what is “true happiness”? Is it possible to be happy 24/7? With a big Ego, lots of money and sex, a good social life, and a boundless supply of ingenuity, perhaps. But although I cannot speak for those that have such an infinite amount of happiness as this, it sounds pretty boring to me. The reason why I’m not particularly interested in the Christian concept of “heaven”, is perhaps because eternal happiness does sound pretty dull. To me, the greatest happiness is not in being in a state of incessant bliss, but in being satisfied even when you’re not happy.

The kind of happiness I’m talking about, it’s the feeling of knowing that even when you’re not happy, that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what you are supposed to do. the feeling of everything being “right”. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you follow your heart. If you stay true to yourself, follow your heart, and do the very best you can in all of your endeavors, the true happiness that comes from complete satisfaction– it  isn’t just a possibility, it’s an inevitability!

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A Perfect Day

Achieving perfection via Ego Engineering relies heavily on good habits, and no type of habits are more crucial to perfection than one’s day-to-day routine. While it’s very difficult (if not impossible!) to plan out a perfect future, sticking to a solid, predictable, and highly productive daily routine can provide the framework necessary for you to actualize as much of your potential as possible, which will allow your life to take on a god-like level of meaningfulness, one of the primary objectives of Ego Engineering.

This post will chart out the perfect day, as defined by the traditional 9-5 workday, and permitting a consistant 7 hours of sleep every night, for maximum productivity. In addition, the bulletproof rationale for each facet of the routine will be provided for clarification, and because it’s good to know exactly why the activities and schedule outlined is, at least in theory, perfect. (Knowledge is Power!)

You might think that the standards set by this post are impossible to meet, but if you can push yourself to read them, I can guarantee you that you will be the most amazingly extraordinary person in the world. This formula requires no money to impliment, and yet it promises such an amazing life in return. At the very least, it’s most definitely worth a try, as being able to manifest your potential as a person depends on it!

1. Get up at 5:00 in the morning


a. The crack of dawn occurs around 5am, so getting up consistantly at this time allows you to feel more rested, because your circadian rhythm (aka “biological clock”) will be in alignment with the natural solar/lunar light patterns.

b. It allows for the proper productivity prerequisites to be accomplished while still allowing time to get ready for your 9 o’clock work shift.

2. Work out while reading a dictionary (5-6am)

a. Do 1 pushup, read a definition. (20 reps)

b. Do 1 situp/crunch, read a definition. (20 reps)

c. Repeat until an hour is complete. You may mix up with other exercises as relevant, using proper judgement to ensure you are as productive with this time as possible.

By the end of this one hour session you should have done 1800 reps, and read 1800 definitions.

To put this into perspective, there are 225,000 definitions in the Webster’s Collegiante Dictionary. At this rate, it would take you 4 months to read the entire dictionary once, and read it 3 times per year.


Numerous studies on learning enhancement show that strenuous physical activity and changes in body temperature (both of which occur via exercise) are the single most effective means of achieving maximum memory retention of the materials read. The reason for this, is that physical activity and extreme temperature changes both activate the fight-or-flight sympathetic nervous system response, and the subsequent adrenaline rush does for you what aderal (which is actually amphetemine) does for ADHD patients:

a. It helps you zero in on what you’re learning

b. Ensure you maintain a steady focus, and

c. Retain everything you’ve read with an extraordinary level of acuity.

Think of all the memories of your past– the memories that stick out most in your mind. What is the one thing they all had in common? Extreme emotions, strenuous activity, big changes in your environment. These are all activators of the sympathetic nervous system, and by leveraging this neural subsystem, you will achieve maximum memory retention, and become very fit, buff, and toned in the process.

3. Read an academic book while jogging on a treadmill (6-7am)

Choose an academic book (preferably from this list of prerequisite reading materials), and read the whole thing in 1 hour, while jogging on a treadmill. Ideally, you should read the entire book in just the span of an hour while jogging.


a. After working out from 5-6am, you will have a spike in adrenaline flow, which will greatly enhance your ability to read and retain large amounts of data in a short time period. Jogging on a treadmill will ensure that this momentum is maintained.

b. While normally jogging for an hour might seem like a lot (especially after that workout session!), reading an academic book will take your mind off the jogging, and time will fly by faster than you think.

c. The steady rhythm of your jogging, combined with your raised blood pressure and high adrenaline levels, will launch you into a state of semi-meditation, allowing for maximum intake and retention of academic materials, especially materials that are foreign to you in their content. This is due to the above environmental factors instilling a biologically-activated hypnotic state (hypnosis is another controversial by highly effective method of the memory retention of academic materials).

4. Take a cold shower (7-7:15am)

Shave in the shower. It’s faster, and you will end up with a cleaner, razor-burn free shave.


a. When you work out, your body opens pores up everywhere to release the toxins caused by stress (in the form of sweat– yes, sweat is toxic!). To ensure that your body is toxin-free and your skin is smooth and acne free, taking a shower after working out is the most opportune moment to ensure maximum bodily cleanliness.

b. By taking a cold shower, the pores will reflexively close back up after words (in response to the change to a cooler temperature), thus ensuring that your cleanliness is maintained.

c. After all of that working out, you will be hot and sweaty. Taking a cold shower will not only save on heating bills (although this is definitely a plus!), but will help to rebalance your body’s equilibrium.

5. Eat breakfast (7:15-7:30am)


a. After working out and taking a shower, your metabolism is spiking to deal with all this extra energy expenditure, and begging for some sustainance to maintain the productivity levels you’ve now forced your body to endure.

b. By eating breakfast now, all the energy that your consume from your meal will be burned off extremely efficiently, and none will be stored.

c. Energy stored as fat is generally filled with unsecreted toxins from stress. Fat filled with toxins from stress is very difficult to burn off (as it is insoluble, and difficult for the body to use, paradoxically due to the toxins it contains), and is one of the leading causes of death, via Cardiovascular disease. It’s important to prevent this by using your energy efficiently.

6. Academic writing (7:30-8:30am)

Spend an hour doing academic writing, preferably an essay on the book that you read from 6-7am. It takes ~15 minutes to do a 2 page blog post, so you should be able to write an 8 page essay within this time frame.


a. Maximum retention and comprehension of materials learned requires the full spectrum of processing and applying materials.

b. The full scope of learning something includes reading, writing, talking, listening, hearing, seeing, feelings, experiencing, doing, and teaching– among many others. While writing is only one of these ways, it is versatile enough to also include reading, feeling, experiencing, and teaching, as these are all elements of academic writing.

c. The more you write, the better of a writer you become, and the more brilliant you become at the reading, writing, and comprehension of academic materialsm, over time.

7. Get ready for work (8:30-8:45am)

Brush your teeth, do your makeup (if you’re a girl), comb your hair, and (if applicable) get into your work uniform. All of this should take no longer than about 10-15 minutes.

8. Go to work (8:45-9:00am)

a. Getting to work shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

b. If you don’t have a car, get one!

c. If you do have a car and it takes longer than that, find a job closer to home, because otherwise you’re killing your gas tank and the environment!

9. Read and finish an academic book while eating lunch


a. By reading an academic book during lunch, you will help keep your mind sharp, thus improving your work performance, allowing you to work more intelligently and efficiently.

b. Completing an additional academic book while eating lunch allows you to make the most effective use of your lunch hour.

c. Any socialization/etc. that would be beneficial to you, doesn’t need to be done during lunch, as it can be done during break.

10. Get home (5:00-5:15pm)

11. Eat a light dinner (5:15-5:30pm)


a. Eating a large dinner is a very bad idea, as after 6pm or so, your body starts winding down to prepare for sleep. Your metabolism is slowing down at this point, meaning that much of the food you eat is not going to energy, but being stored as fat (see Rationale 5c).

b. Eating large amounts of food at this hour forces your digestive system to take over much of your body’s functions to process the unexpected extra resources; this would cause you to feel sluggish, and become extremely unproductive as a result.

c. Large meals take up too much time, and that time is needed to fit the rest of the items of this agenda into the schedule.

12. Social Networking (5:30-7pm)

(If you are going out to eat with friends, you have have from 5:15-7pm for this period).


a. Time with friends, both in-person and online, is a very important part of maintaining your social equilibrium, as well as evaluating each other’s progress in life, so as to provide incentive and accountability for self-improvement.

b. High quality of life require development of friendships, communication, and the making and sharing of memories with friends.

13. Read a fiction novel (7-8pm)

Read an entire fiction novel in the span of an hour, or equivalent amount of poetry, short stories, etc. Use good judgement for the latter categories, to ensure high productivity.


a. While academic materials are best retained with an activated sympathetic nervous system and high metabolism, creative materials are better retained with an activated parasympathetic nervous system, which manages the body’s functions while at rest, and a low metabolism, which helps ensure that the state of homeostasis necessary for creative balance is maintained.

b. By reading creative materials a couple hours before going to bed, you allow your mind enough time to absorb what you’ve read before sleep. This is very important, as the unconscious mind and imagination are most creatively during sleep, as the lack of external stimuli during sleep cycles frees up most of the brain to think creatively.

14. Run some errands (8-9pm)


a. At the end of each day, there will always be some errands to do, and this hour gives you the time to take a breather, clean the room, take out the trash, get more groceries, and any other things that you need to get done for that day.

b. This also includes the time for brushing your teeth, and any other hygiene needs.

15. Write a creative essay (9-10pm).

Write a creative essay, ~8 pages long, preferably on the fiction novel you read in #13 (to help ensure full retention of what you’ve read).


a. As explained in Rationale 6b, out of every method of knowledge retention in the learning spectrum, writing is the most versatile and powerful method, so doing a lot of writing  a very good idea!

b. By doing creative writing a couple hours before going to bed, (as implied by 13b) you are giving your brain creative “food for thought”, which your brain will be making full use of during the sleep process, to enhance your ability to read, write, think, and act creatively.

16. Go to sleep! (10pm)

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Prerequisites For Success

As I haven’t posted to Ego Engineering for a while, I thought it appropriate to write a post covering the fundamental reasoning behind the Project Matthias project. Project Matthias, a sub-project of Ego Engineering with the aim of creating the perceptively perfect human Ego, is built upon the premise that habits are the ultimately the key to unlocking the potential of the human being. Habits are the foundational prerequisites of success, and without them we are nothing more than animals. Habits allow us to effortlessly living beyond the moment, and are incredibly low maintenance; when properly upkept, habits allow us to consistently do the impossible with minimal effort and often without any actual motivation. By allocating the mundane and repetitive aspects of life to the unconscious state via habits, we are able to focus our attention on the more creative and meaningful things in life, thereby bringing us closer and closer to the ideal, or “perfect” state.

If there’s one thing I hate in life, it’s prerequisites. Ever impatient, I would prefer that everything be accomplished now, that I could just get it over with and witness the end-result; instant-gratification in other words. But for every great thing in life, there are prerequisites; to do anything on par with amazing, an equally amazing level of planning and habit-forming is required to facilitate such things. To make the perfect human being, or even to make the perfect Ego, an immense amount of planning, knowledge acquisition, research, and creativity is required to make it all happen; these efforts are after all fulfilling of the karmic principle.

Be it the creation of an Ego, the parenting of a child, the birthing of a culture, or the revolutionizing of a nation, a proportionate amount of prerequisites are required; these prerequisites must be properly accounted for if success is to be ensured. There are no shortcuts in life, but merely more efficient routes. Finding these routes, charting the maps thereof– this is one of the primary objectives of Ego Engineering; ultimately, we will create a map of the human “Egome”, if you will. By properly charting the most efficient means of living life, in alignment with the path chosen, Ego Engineering will succeed in ensuring everyone will live life to their potential.

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Habits: Social Necessities

Social habits are probably the most essential part of Ego Engineering; unfortunately, they are also the most complex– so much in fact that it will require a separate blog to properly clarify all the different key aspects that encompass social perfection. Fortunately for me, this post is just a social habits overview!

Social habits deal not with who you are, but who you are perceived as: your image. For mostly epistemological reasons, the image should not be mixed up with the character– whereas your character is who you perceive yourself to be, your image is who you are as determined by others.

The fact is that no one will truly know who you are as a person; this is quite advantageous, as you can be whoever you want to be in the eyes of others, without having to compromise who you are as a person. The other main advantage is that by presenting yourself as something greater than what you are, you are able to acquire social status beyond what your actual value would permit.

The key to social perfection, as crude as it might sound, is to play the game— in other words, manipulation of people.  Most people play the game, whether they are aware of it or not, but it’s much easier to win the game if you know the rules, the loop-holes, and the best ways to “cheat” (Social Engineering).

Social habits deal primarily with the basics of a good image– in this case referring to things that will cause people to see you in a positive light: how to make yourself look good. There are several simple habits that will assist with improving your image, but all of them require thorough knowledge of the different type of people that you will be dealing with, and leverage the social needs of other people to give you the social advantage.

1. Each morning, spent 10 minutes per day performing an impromptu speech in front of a mirror on an important social issue. As much as possible, pay attention to the way you present yourself: facial expression, body language, and tone.

2. Whenever you speak with anyone, be very conscious about the words that you choose, and only speak as much as absolutely necessary. Eloquence is key!

3. Before you say anything, take into consideration how people would react to your words. Remember, it’s better to say nothing at all, than to say something that would cause others to think badly of you.

4. Your physical appearance and fashion decisions reflect who you are as a person, so it’s important to looks and dress in such a way that projects a favorable image.

5. If you are a writer (like myself), then emphasize perfecting the art of journalism. Journalists are experts at connecting with people, so that their readership will want to read their articles; any writer (regardless of the type of writing) should think like a journalist, as this is key to one’s writing being well-received by the target audience.

6. As much as possible, limit your social repertoire to prepared speeches. This might sound like a bad idea (makes you sound fake/robotic), but by becoming an expert at writing in such a way that is powerful and that people around you can really connect with, you can improve your image a lot more effectively than you would with haphazard bullshitting. You’ll soon discover that casual speech isn’t of much use outside small talk.

7. Become a master of small talk— I’ve found this is best done by being a regular user of microblogging services like twitter, as with services like these, you don’t have a choice (status updates limited to 140 characters). While the words in small talk aren’t that important, it gives people (particularly females) the illusion that they are connecting with you; small talk thus primarily serves the purpose of building trust. Small talk usually lasts until people become friends, at which point it becomes largely irrelevant.

8. Social Prerequisites: There are some important possessions that one must have to be “taken seriously”– these are mostly symbols of status, and status is a very important aspect of one’s social image: a career, a car, a cell phone, a girlfriend, an apartment/house, a pet, a college degree, etc. If you wish to project a favorable social image, these are the bare social necessities as far as possessions go.

9. Basic Skills: There are many different social skills that will improve ones image, but these are some of the more basic ones: home economy, communication, writing, Internet, computer, public speech, “game”, interview skills, and even foreplay/sexual competency.

10. Friendship Management: Particularly with the rise of Web 2.0, managing friendships has proven to be one of the most difficult tasks. To ensure that your friendships are valuable, you need to prioritize friendships based on which friends are of greatest value to you, and give those people the greatest amount of attention, both online and in-person.

Editor’s Note:

To clear up a potential misunderstanding- In the beginning of this post, I stated the following: “For mostly epistemological reasons, the image should not be mixed up with the character– whereas your character is who you perceive yourself to be, your image is who you are as determined by others.”

My brother evaluated this statement, and found it to be untrue, noting that the “character” is more commonly used in reference to another person, not in reference to oneself. For example, you might say “Bob is acting out of character”, or “I like people with good character.”

Certainly, when character is used, it is usually talking about someone else. But that does not mean the character *is* what other people perceive it to be. It’s all about perspective; what is “character” to one person might be their “image” to the world, and what the “image” of that person is would be considered that person’s “character” to everyone else.

To clarify: The image that you project will be what other people perceive as your character; conversely, the character people perceive you determines your image.

This can be confusing, as many (perhaps most) people associate their character and their image as being different ways of looking at the same thing; after all, for most people,  you are who you project yourself to be, and what other people think of you is synonymous with who you really are.

However, this is a naive and fallacious way of thinking, because you do not actually know what people think of you, being limited to what they tell you (which may or may not be their real opinion), whether or not you interpret their words correctly, and whether or not their judgement of your character is an accurate one. The answers to all three of these criteria are No, No, and No! One cannot know anything about another’s character with certainty– in fact, the above examples of referring to another person’s character are in fact fallacious (despite being disgustingly widespread), as it’s impossible to known anything with certainty about a person’s character.

Because of this lack of certainty and the high data corruption inherent in communication, I find it’s crucial to distinguish your true self (character), which is determined by your own knowledge about yourself, and the self that you project, where the nature, or “image” of that self is ultimately determined by how it is interpreted by others. Thus you have your “character” (who you *really* are), contrasted with your “image” (who you project yourself to be, as interpreted by others).

Hopefully this helps clear things up, instead of causing further confusion 😉

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