Before nofap I always had a very low self-esteem and tried to compensate that by pretending to be much better than I actually am and superior to anybody in every way: telling myself that I was the smartest motherfucker in the world and would be rich in a few years and so on. Whenever I was talking with anybody, I tried my hardest to make myself seem as interesting as possible.
In reality I was just becoming increasingly arrogant to people I considered “below” me and hostile towards those who were ahead of me. All in all a very simplistic and linear world view that resulted in disappointment, anger and depression.
Since nofap, this has turned around completely. I’m confident with who I am and don’t feel the need to put myself at the very top of the hierarchy. I stopped comparing myself with others and started to compare myself with myself instead. Which feels so much more rewarding and healthy. I’m pushing myself, not because I want to show off, but because I want to actually improve. Moreover, I’m much more humble in conversations and don’t feel the urge of artificially bringing up good things about myself all the time.
Unfortunately most of the time these small things don’t get much attention since 60% of people in here only seem to care about “female attraction”. It’s just a small effect I noticed, but it seriously makes me feel so much better and honest.