to one's own ego
. Taking narcissistic pleasure in one's abilities, status, etc. In a literal sense, ego-fapping is masturbating while looking at oneself
(in a mirror, on video, etc.). Typically it is used in a figurative
sense in reference to a politician, academic, religious figure, or some other individual who is prone
to taking great pleasure in self-aggrandizement. Attention whores often ego-fap when they manage to attract an audience
(which generally sends the audience
packing, or serves as further amusement).
Academics love to ego-fap; they have luncheons by professors, for professors, simply
about how great they are.
<Insert politician's name here> is such
an ego-fapper; he just loves
to hear himself talk
The only thing worse than an attention whore is an ego-fapping attention whore.