NoFap Benefits – My Experience of Quitting Masturbation
Occasionally a personal development strategy comes along which really does live up to all the hype. I want to share the benefits of NoFap – the discipline of quitting masturbation.
I first heard about NoFap from Napoleon Hill’s classic personal development work Think And Grow Rich. There’s an obscure chapter which outlines learning to control one’s sexual energies as a path to success. I was 19 when I read it, and though I took note of the unusual message, I took no action on it until many years later. And then, at the age of 33, I stumbled upon some YouTube videos of people describing how quitting masturbation gives them ‘super powers’.
The NoFap benefits claims of these YouTubers were almost too good to be true:
- Removing anxiety from life
- Increasing confidence
- Creating an aura of sexual attraction around you
- Improved mental functions
- Improved creativity
- More social success
- Strengthened willpower
- Greatly enhanced mood
So, I tried it… And it worked.
My Personal Experience of NoFap
My own experience of NoFap was that every day going without masturbating added a kind of ‘inner pressure’. I felt progressively more irritable, more creative and much more confident. It’s almost as if emotional stabilisers were added to my life, and the things which usually disrupted my emotional tranquillity only did so at about 10%.
As each day of abstinence added, I started getting much more sexual interest from girls (and gay guys as well, I suppose). I noticed my words carried more weight in non-sexual contexts. I felt like people were drawn to me, like they could almost smell something good and wholesome which was attractive. I stopped giving a damn what others were thinking of me, and asserted myself far more in conversation. The strange thing was that people were charmed by my disagreeableness, and not put off by it like I would have feared.
It feels like there is a building of some unquantifiable ‘vital energy’ inside me, and then is redirected, or sublimated, into my work. During NoFap, my business experienced tremendous growth, and I put more effort into it than at any other period of my life by a big margin. I felt this energy push into other areas: I started getting up at 5:30am; I stopped taking ‘rest days’ from the gym and my gains blew up; I stopped taking mid day ‘power naps’.
It turns out that some of the greatest performers in the hallowed halls of human history practised NoFap, and in some cases celibacy too. Mike Tyson restrained from all sex for five years at the peak of his heavyweight boxing career. Nicola Tesla practised celibacy, and believed it spurred on the brain.
NoFap is hard – no pun intended. Lapsing is easy to slip into. For me, giving up pornography was easy, but the stream of sexual text messages and pictures I received from female friends offered too much temptation. The notion that I didn’t want to be rude and not reply, or that these exchanges were unique and precious experiences, allowed the slippery logic of rationalisation to knock me out of NoFap. In the end, I shut down all of these conversations, and put all that frustrated energy into growing my business. It worked.
I was, and still am, on a NoFap high. The problem is that sex seems to remove the NoFap superpowers to some extent too. And though I feel a strong desire for sex, a larger part of me now desires to hold back, and let this energy continue to build. I wonder if sex is beneficial or destructive for men on the whole. I wonder if there is an energy exchange to sex, rather than the energy dissipation experienced in masturbation.
In a way, it feels like I have had the plug pulled from the back of my head, and I’m outside of some kind of Matrix that has imprisoned me since puberty. Your libido is being hijacked almost everywhere you look, from sexual messages in adverts to subtle flirtations from the people around you. Gratification can be had, for a price. It is as if we are stupid, powerful beasts of burden which are whipped and seduced to pulling heavy loads for others. Those which are too weak to be useful are scorned by society – think about the contempt our culture shows incel men (involuntarily celibate).
This personal development intervention has changed my life, and continues to every day. I warmly recommend you try it for yourself.