Monkies, Power, and You

J.C. LaCroix Emotional Mastery, Power Tactics

You can become incredibly powerful by watching monkies.


Yes, I am dead serious here.


Let’s look at it for a second. Power is control – the ability to force a certain outcome of any given situation. But to control something, you have to understand it. You must know that if the thing is presented with X conditions, it will produce Y response. Let’s call these response chains. If you know enough response chains, you have the potential to exercise control over a given thing. Thus, if you create the situation, you know the response. If you know most of the thing’s response chains, you have the potential for good control; if you know them all, you have the potential for absolute control.


That idea gets pretty damn tasty when we start thinking about other people.


Now, to understand human response chains is to understand human nature.


Thing is, point blank, a lot of what people think is human nature is just animal nature period. All you have to do to see this is to get past the mental block that animals are stupid, or that humans are massively superior. Actually, they’re not stupid – and given that they don’t have the human capacity for engineering and technology, it’s a miracle most of them have survived at all. Likewise, humans do a lot of things (anorexia, for instance) that your average animal would consider moronic. Now, since all people have animal nature…connect the dots…good, good, wanna treat, yes, yes? 😉


More importantly, what makes human behavior complex is that animal nature is interacting with sentient (think higher reasoning) nature. You must understand both in order to discover response chains.


Likewise, you also want to understand yourself, and a good part of your nature is animal nature. Because, if you do not control yourself, you have no true power. In short, you’re just sitting there waiting for someone to initiate a response chain from you and take all your gains.


Here’s an example, consider: People email their bosses and explain situations, without asking a question, like “hey Bob, the shipment didn’t come in”. Now, the boss replies with what is to be done, even though he wasn’t asked. Of course, you’re sitting there going, well, DUH. But ask yourself – does it have to be that way? Odds are, this has happened before, and everyone in the division knows what to do when a shipment doesn’t come in. Wouldn’t it make more logical sense to just handle it, and just say “Hey Bob, the shipment didn’t come in, but we handled it”. Hell, someone with high self- esteem should jump up and just do it, then get a raise from Bob. But, that rarely happens.




It’s an animal thing. Specifically, an alpha-beta interaction instinct, and you can learn it by watching monkies.

Thing is, it’s the instinctual behaviors you are after – the ones that yield the most leverage — but it is hard to do this by watching other people or by introspection precisely because these behaviors are instinctual. Inside, you won’t even question them long enough to analyze them because they make an intrinsic sense. That is the root value of this exercise. You are depersonalizing with animals to hunt for human instinct. And, primates are the closest to us.


So grab some snacks and head down to the closest zoo. DO NOT do this on TV, its nowhere near the same. Besides – stop trying to TV everything, you lazy bastard. Successful and powerful people spend little time sitting around watching TV, emulate them if you want to be them.


Now, if you’re thinking – well, humans don’t fling poo on people, or fight over bananas, think again:


1)      The mother in law who flings verbal barbs every chance she gets is flinging poo.

2)      The coworker who stabs you in the back and takes your ideas to the boss as her own is fighting over bananas.


As a final note, I’ve noticed there are a few modes you can be in while doing this, and its helpful to explore them:


1)      Watch the alpha-beta-ceta-delta interactions, male and female.

2)      Note the body language the animals display, at different times, in different roles.

3)      Consider how you are like the monkies.

4)      Consider how other people are like the monkies.

5)      Identify the response chains inherent in the monkies.

6)      Correlate those with response chains in people.

7)      Finally, always close out by reflecting on how you can use your insights with yourself and others, directly, effectively, right now.


It took some digging, but I found a video that expresses this perfectly:


Take a look, the guy in the tie who comes in during the middle is the darkworker


Enjoy, primate!


And now, I’m off to our party district to get my sarge on – love yourself, be mighty.