Just Be Yourself

We are who we say we are.

Is the woman who applies make up everyday ‘being herself”? How about the woman with implants, is she ‘being herself’? What about the woman wearing high heels becasue it boosts her height 4 inches? Is the girl you see in nothing but party pics on FaceBook being herself? Lets turn it the other way, what of the woman wearing a business suit that emphasizes her shoulders with pads in the jacket is she ‘being herself’? If she colors her hair does this make her less genuine?

If being ourselves is an idealized state then I should reasonably be able to expect a like-minded fitness model to be attracted to me even if my greatest passion is to sit on my couch, eat a large pizza and wash it down with a 6 pack of Michelob while watching Monday Night Football, right? After all, I am just being myself – it’s who I am.

Believe and so you shall become

The hardest distinction the uninitiated have with the JBY (just be yourself) dynamic is that personality is malleable. Personality is always in flux. The person you are today isn’t who you were 2 years ago, nor the person you’ll be 2 years from now. There are traits and characteristics we may carry with us for a lifetime, but even these are subject to change depending upon circumstance. You define what being yourself is at any given moment and it’s relative to your personal conditions and environment. So where do you draw the line? When does a genuine change of character become legitimate rather than being ‘shallow’ or ‘superficial’? Those are just catch terms that women (and too many chumps) have used with success over the centuries and men have internalized as being states of perception that women think are undesirable, yet they never accurately define. Rather, they stay intentionally ambiguous and relative to an individual woman’s interpretation, while their behaviors indicate their own motivations.

You are who you believe you are, and you are who she perceives you to be.

One of the hardest things for anyone, male or female, to hear is that they need to change their lifestyle because it implies that their just ‘being themselves’ is in some way at fault for their present conditions. It’s analogous to telling someone they’re not living their lives ‘correctly’ or that they’re raising their kids wrong. If I have a friend that is shooting heroin and I actively encourage him to stop and make an effort to help him ‘clean up’, society calls me a hero or a savior. When I encourage my friend to quit smoking before she gets cancer, I’m a concerned good-friend helping my friend with a health risk behavior. But when I tell a friend he needs to change his approach to women and this is a reason for his unhappiness and he needs to change his outlook on, and approach with women, look better and feel better, then I’m a ‘shallow’ prick and insensitive to his ‘problem’. Worse still is even attempting to offer constructive criticism, in as positive a light possible, that a person can improve themselves by changing their outlook and modifying their behavior.

Personality is not only malleable, but it can change dramatically under specific conditions. An easy example of this is veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. These men were exposed to traumatic environments that fundamentally altered their personalities. While this is an extreme illustration it proves that becoming a ‘different person’ is a matter of conditions. If my conditions are such that I enjoy sitting at home eating a whole pizza, washing it down with a six pack of Budweiser and watching Anime on a Friday evening, can I realistically expect that hot fitness instructor at the gym to come on over and genuinely want to fuck my brains out? And why not? After all I’m only being myself and she should “love me for who I am”, right? If this were my case, the conditions that define my personality are incongruous with attracting and/or maintaining a relationship with someone whose conditions are not my own.

JBY is an operative social convention that aids hypergamy.

Women are only too happy to endorse and reinforce JBY for the conscious reasoning that it ‘sounds like the right thing to say’. It’s an unassailable position; who wouldn’t want you to be you? If what counts is all on the inside then anyone telling you to change MUST be manipulating you for their own selfish reasons. This dovetails nicely into the popularized fat-acceptance self-acceptance mantra most women will fall back on when the impact of the Wall begins to manifest itself in their physiques and they want to be loved for “who they are” rather than what they used to look like. However, on a subconscious level, the latent purpose of fostering the JBY social convention in men is yet another sexual selection filtering mechanism. Actually it’s more of a filtering failsafe in that by socially mandating a genuineness in the general populace of men, women are more secure in the accuracy of their sexual assessment of men. If all men are Just Being Themselves and are encouraged to be the person they ‘truly are’, this then aids a woman in determining which man will best satisfy her hypergamy.

As I’ve stated in many a prior post, women claim to want honesty from men, but no woman wants full disclosure. In a general sense I advise this because it serves to sustain a Man’s aura of mystery, only to be progressively discovered by women with the appropriate levels of interest and responsiveness to men. However, another reason to remain deliberately ambiguous is to defuse the JBY dynamic that women assume would be a man’s default psychology.

Iron Rule of Tomassi #8

Always let a woman figure out why she wont ƒuck you, never do it for her.

An integral part of maintaining the feminine imperative as the societal imperative involves keeping women as the primary sexual selectors. As I’ve detailed in many prior comments and posts, this means that a woman’s sexual strategy necessitates that she be in as optimized a condition as her capacity (attractiveness) allows for her to choose from the best males available to satisfy that strategy.

JBY is a tool in maintaining the feminine imperative as the social imperative. Furthermore JBY serves in optimizing hypergamy in aiding a woman’s sense of security about assessing which man will best suit her hypergamy. Ironically, the JBY dynamic gets upended once a monogamous relationship is established by a woman’s anxiety for ‘fixing’ her partner once in that relationship. What was once the pseudo-genuineness of just him being himself is replace by “I’m working on him” in order for him to become the ideal man to meet with her hypergamic approval – thus exposing the calculated nonsense JBY really is to begin with.

We are who we say we are

We can alter our own personalities and have them altered by our conditions or any combination of the two, but to suggest that personality is static is a falsehood. The trap is to think that altering personality is in anyway disingenuous – there are certainly teriffic ‘actors’ or ‘poseurs’, and the like, that when we are confronted with them we sense (or even know) that they are pushing an envelope that they may not be entirely comfortable with, but there is merit to a ‘fake it till you make it’ doctrine. We only percieve it as being ‘false’, ‘superficial’ or as “trying to be something your not” when we have a concept or knowledge of a previous set of personality behaviors. If you met a likable cocky-funny guy at a club this weekend, how are you to know whether he’s the real deal or stretching the limits of his personality if you’ve never met him before?

Law 25: Re-Create Yourself 
Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions— your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.


41 responses to “Just Be Yourself

  • Traveller

    “An easy example of this is veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. These men were exposed to traumatic environments that fundamentally altered their personalities. While this is an extreme illustration it proves that becoming a ‘different person’ is a matter of conditions.”

    Nice post, that’s funny, just exiting from Roissy site and he “seems” claim in one of latest post the opposite. Because that phrase is the usual nature vs nurture dilemma, but very limited in scope.

    Yes he becomes a different person, exactly like a drugged thuig has his brain fried. You can become easily worse, but you need a monstrous effort for become better until you reach the plateau of your nature.

    Any idiot can destroy, it takes a genius to build. Pratically always war ruins souls, pratically never school raises souls.

    Become better at game is “image” as you say in last paragraph. That seems a paradox, but we already know it is easy to spot a true alpha from a poser – or, it takes a lot of experience and discipline to become an alpha – and it leaves open the question if everyone can become.

  • Chad Daring

    I say don’t “just be yourself”

    Rather just make yourself who you want to be.

  • Sam Spade

    Boom! Another canard blown out of the water.

    JBY was one of the first bits of b.s. I threw out when I first discovered sites like Sosuave.

    It’s terrible, lazy advice. Not everyone who says it has ulterior motives or imperatives in mind. It’s become so culturally ingrained that it’s the default advice given when a person either doesn’t have the time to think of something better, or doesn’t care.

    Be the man you want to be.

  • Robert

    It is true that situations and your chosen reaction to how you respond to those situations does influence your personality and this is an on going process every day. For example, years ago when I took personality tests and it would say things such as, I always help other people at the expense of myself, etc. Then, after going through challenging situations thus not being in a position to be able to help others anyway like I used to and learning about game concepts (ie. put your own mission and goals first, don’t be desperate, don’t go on expensive boring dinner dates, don’t help a woman by paying for her career advancement only to have her turn around and leave, don’t talk for hours on the phone with her listening to her problems only to have her consider you just friends, going out of your way to help women do things when it’s inconvienient for me, doing everything women want to do even when I do not want to, etc), this in fact changed (I would say improved) my personality, and now if I take those personality tests I answer those same questions with other answers thus proving that personality can/does change.
    It can be said that puberty is when a male becomes a man. Some have said a man becomes a man when he himself says that he is a man.
    If a person wants to make a significant change in his personality he has to also associate with new people and probably even move to a new area. Many people will still view you as the old you, such as friends who continue to talk about how you were in high school or college and as much as you tell them those days are over with and you are a new person now, most of them cannot comprehend this, so you can go to a new place and be the new man you want to be without having to constantly hear about the past. Then, put yourself in environments and do the actions that reinforce who you want to be and your goals, such as going where there are women to approach and going to a gym and exercising while maybe also opening more women. Having new experiences by doing these new actions will influence your personality.

  • YaReally

    “Actually it’s more of a filtering failsafe in that by socially mandating a genuineness in the general populace of men, women are more secure in the accuracy of their sexual assessment of men. If all men are Just Being Themselves and are encouraged to be the person they ‘truly are’, this then aids a woman in determining which man will best satisfy her hypergamy.”

    Dead on. Game threatens girls because it makes it harder if not impossible to assess a guy accurately. And down the road when his faking it becomes making it and he’s fully absorbed the qualities he didn’t have the first 20+ years of his life, she’ll find it hard to believe he was socially akward when he was younger because if you’re alpha you’re supposed to have always been alpha.

    “Just be your BEST self” is a better way of saying it. Is sitting on a couch eating pizza and drinking beer watching TV with no job living at home with your parents your best self? Fuck no.

  • YaReally

    Also you can change whenever you want, all it takes is a new environment where no one knows you. Whether that’s moving to a new city, starting a new job, going to a bar on the other side of town, going to a bar none of your friends will be at, going on vacation, etc

    If no one knows you and when you say hello you kick them in the ass, and you do that to a few people there, you are just that guy who kicks people in the ass when he says hello. They just assume you’ve been that way all your life and that’s who you are because as long as you’re congruent to it why would they think otherwise?

    Go to a bar solo where you know you won’t run into anyone you know and adopt a new behavior, whether it’s saying hi to every girl or putting your arm around any girl you talk to or going for the kiss as soon as you say hello etc. you have total freedom to be whoever you want to be when you’re anonymous.

    For a while you feel like a superhero being Clark Kent around your friends then going out and being Superman but over time (a looong period, like years) the two identities combine until you’re congruent thru and thru with everyone. You’ll lose some childhood friends along the way who cant accept your changing personality, and you’ll embarrass yourself along the way fucking up new behaviors or being called out on your incongruency, but in the end it will be worth it if you really want to change. :)

  • xsplat

    If it is possible to mold your own personality, it should also be possible to mold the personality of others.

    Such is a main area of interest of mine.

  • Johnycomelately

    Brilliant.

    I know two computer geeks who were JBYS type guys who women wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole sexually but were always praised for being ‘nice’.

    Two years down the track, hundreds of hours at the gym, tattoos and recreational drugs and these guys are veritably swimming in pussy. Now the girls think they’re assholes.

  • Stu

    Rollo,

    I wonder if you have ever tried/know someone who has tried cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in an effort to ‘re-wire’ the subconscious and therefore alter one’s thinking pattern and personality.

    First step of most fitness manuals/bodybuilding courses tends to attempt a form of ctb, i.e. positive mental attitude, set and repeat your goals twice a day etc.

  • Tim

    This is an excellent article. My favorite part was:

    * If I have a friend that is shooting heroin and I actively encourage him to stop and make an effort to help him ‘clean up’, society calls me a hero or a savior. When I encourage my friend to quit smoking before she gets cancer, I’m a concerned good-friend helping my friend with a health risk behavior. But when I tell a friend he needs to change his approach to women and this is a reason for his unhappiness and he needs to change his outlook on, and approach with women, look better and feel better, then I’m a ‘shallow’ prick and insensitive to his ‘problem’. *

    The photos accompanying these stories are priceless, great finds, and even better writing.

  • walawala

    The bigger question is “Does learning game make you less authentic?”

    From personal experience, if anything it makes you more real and authentic as a man.

    It’s interesting, now that I have learned game and understand women’s various cues, I can pick up immediately those sexual undertones from women.

    The concept of Emotional Intelligence provides great parallels.

    The idea of EQ is knowing how to read and react to a situation and make it seem like it was the other person’s idea.

    Is that being “fake” or being more sincere?

    Perception becomes reality. If people believe you’re the guy who’s great with women you will be.

    Since I started gaming a cute 27 year old, suddenly her cute friends have started giving me IOI’s…interesting…

  • Good Luck Chuck

    Most things a man can do to improve himself will serve to make him more “real”. Most guys aren’t born at a huge disadvantage. For them the improvement process is simply stripping away shit that has been piled on them over the years. The person they were conditioned to be isn’t the person they are genetically destined to be.

  • Blog Sluts

    Please. You have to kill the old You every day. Self inflicted Pain for the cause of Mastery is God.

  • Blog Sluts

    Or better yet, from time to time put yourself in situations difficult to control and see what happens.

  • marchikalanaio

    Any tips on creating and molding the perfect complement to someone. Say there’s a guy.. he’s rough, grough, savage like, a benevolent king, a bit of a hermit, and kind of a nerd. What would be his opposite? And how would you go on about doing it

  • marchikalanaio

    EXACTLY GLC!

    It’s being fed lies, nonsense, the negative influence of a mom, sh!tty peers, and a crappy adolescent stage along with personal opinions to escape the madness which led to most debauchery.

    Look at preschool kids in the playground. That’s how it ought to be!

  • xsplat

    I’m a man and have no experience in molding other men for dating purposes. To start, you’d have to know what it is that you want your man to be.

    Does any woman know that?

  • Cheshirecat

    “Now the girls think they’re assholes.”

    Yeah, I bet they secretly (or not so secretly) want to fuck them now.

  • walawala

    THe other important point is it takes practice.

    When I was learning game and reading through the various posts. Sometimes the idea of doing somethign nice for a girl was ruled “BETA”.

    But context is everything. Also, motivation is everything.

    Sometimes you fall into a trap and can be otherwise moving out of AFC mode, but you still do something beta.

    Or you add someone on Facebook–beta?

    In some cases if you never made any contact you’d never get anywhere.

    In many cases women want you to show interest—then to back off so they can chase you.

    Is this a set back or is it part of the learning process?

    Also, results help bring on more confidence.

    If you try game and you bag some 7 or 8 and then move up…it’ helps.

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  • Joe

    I really don’t get this blog. It seems to be advocating something but I can’t tell what it is. Please give concrete example, perhaps in video form, of men doing it the right way and men doing it the wrong way. These abstract discussion pieces are too ambiguous to know what you are even talking about. P.S.. If someone tole me to “just be yourself” I would not take it to mean eat pizza on the couch” and ONLY that. I might actually wind up doing things (that I like and find energizing and exciting) and if yousaw me you might even say “yeah do that” so your writing style is no good. You aren’t being clear enough about what you are telling men to specifically do.

  • M Simon

    Re: heroin. Despite “common knowledge” it is not a very addictive drug . Tobacco is way more addictive.

    What you will find is that those addicted are very highly likely to have been sexually molested in childhood. Dr. Lonny Shavelson wrote a book on it. “Hooked”. For women the number is 70%. For men 50%. I have had commenters on my articles on the subject tell me that for women it was 100% in their experience.

    Some veterans think that opiates are useful for more severe cases of PTSD. For the less severe cannabis works.

    What we call “addicted” is mostly self medication for PTSD. And that includes alcoholics. Alcoholism used to be called “The Soldiers Disease” after the Civil War.

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