Social psychologists loosely use this term to describe a set of common coping mechanisms. It could be defined as the act of a person pointing out other people's mistakes or the belittling of other people's beliefs or views for the purpose of feeling better about their own mistakes or their own views and beliefs. It's considerably easier to notice on the internet because people can hide behind a veil of anonymity and thus not be held accountable for using others to feel better about themselves. The behavior can range from pedantry, which is an ostentatious or egotistic showing of knowledge (usually through the pointing out of spelling or grammatical errors) to outright bullying in which a person seeks to intimidate or dominate through ridicule or harassment. This behavior is not restricted to the internet, and is very common in abusive domestic relationships, in which one partner uses the other partner to develop a sense of superiority and control. So what personality types do you think most commonly exhibit ego masturbation? What leads people to develop these particular coping mechanisms? What is the appropriate way to deal with an individual who uses ego masturbation? Is there a danger in engaging in ego masturbation when pointing out when others use ego masturbation? Where have you seen this pattern in your life? Other thoughts? Remember this is a PAX thread, and so please keep the discussion civil and do not make accusations.