A lot of TRP can be condensed down to the idea of SMV.
SMV is a composite score of all of your attractive qualities minus your unattractive qualities. SMV can be quantified.
You see why this appeals to us. Most of us men are to some degree nerds - even if we don't fulfill the stereotype, we like the real, the concrete and measurable. A three plate bench, a 200k income, a chiselled bod, etc, they are all quantifiable and we can evaluate them against other men and use that to establish our "place" on the pyramid.
This method of thinking about SMV is very, very useful. It lets us perfect ourselves by min-maxing, like we're a character in an RPG. We can break SMV down, we can try to blot out character flaws or life problems that lose SMV. We can evaluate the efficiency of two SMV boosting actions, and evaluate the return we get from short term SMV sacrifices (IE, going to med school now to become a doctor in the future).
We use SMV for establishing a metric for what we feel we deserve. If you believe you're a 7, you're going to feel comfortable talking to that 6, you'll feel like it's a reach talking to the 8, and that will be telegraphed in your behavior. Then your results will match your mentality - the 8 felt your unease, the 6 dug your confidence, and your mental evaluation of your SMV was reinforced. A seven.
So why is this bad? We know 7s can't get 9s anyway, so what is the harm in him being realistic about his SMV? Isn't that not hamstering, isn't TRP all about swallowing reality - including the mathematical reality about your own "stats"?
It's not bad in a vaccuum, but it's bad when you combine it with Male Solipsism. Female solipsism is often understood as "women thinking that their reality is the reality that everyone lives in, and what is real to them is all that exists." The male version is "I approach reality with my analytical, slightly autistic male brain, so I assume that she approaches reality in the same way. I evaluate her based on real, measurable criteria, so she has her own criteria by which she comes up with logic-based measurements. How funny I am, how much I make, how I dress, my height, etc."
We think it all goes into some algorithm in her brain that takes in 6 feet x 9% bodyfat - 85k income in SF (poverty) + seen with 2 women (social status) - friends thinking I'm a slut = 7.7, good enough to date as a BB but not good enough to fuck raw on the first night.
I'm exagerrating to make a point, but male solipsism is essentially believing there's some alignment with a logical reading of reality to how women evaluate men. There's not, they don't parse it out, they just use intuition and decide "I want to fuck him" or "I'd date him" or "eww he's creepy". They really do not know why.
More evolved women / older women will sometimes be able to pin down to certain moments - when he did X I felt Y, and when I saw how he behaved at Z event, I knew I was getting turned on despite myself. They can break it down a little better, and they can apply a more cold, rational logic to evaluating men. That's why single moms / used up 30+ chicks go in hard and evaluate your earning potential, ability to provide emotional support, judgmentalness about her past, etc right off the bat.
But for 90% of the women you want to be fucking, the prime pussy that's prewall, you have to realize she doesn't think like you. Everything you've been taught by TRP that is important to her IS important to her, but she doesn't actually assess it in a manner that actually gets to the truth of it.
How you market your SMV is everything, and that is why you can and you should be batting ABOVE your station. There is no hamstering that a 5 can regularly fuck 9s, but a 7 can occasionally get 9s if he knows how to present his SMV. It's not what you have, it's what you suggest.
She doesn't know the difference between a 5 plate squat and a 3 plate squat. She doesn't know about muscle mass and bodyfat and bulking and cutting, she just thinks "hot or not". Abs and mirror muscles. She doesn't know what the difference is between a top-line BMW and an entry line BMW, she just sees the sign. She doesn't know the difference between what a 175k paycheck versus 225k paycheck means, it's just are you rich or not by however she defines rich - which is mostly just "how cool/posh does his lifestyle look."
She uses symbols of SMV and social status to evaluate you, not the real thing. She hears how you speak, how you stand, walk, move her around, claim ownership of the social situation, deal with other men, and her brain just pops out a "let's fuck him" or a bored, disinterested "eh". That's really the spectrum of her reaction to you - there's extreme cases like how she'd react to Leo or a homeless dirty guy making advances, but typically it's either "I'm bored as shit" or "I'm intrigued and aroused". Just keep her in that zone, don't worry about SMV. If you keep her in that zone, her mind will project high SMV traits onto you.
When you experience this, you'll understand how fucking crazy are. If they like you and want you to fuck them, they will rationalize high SMV traits onto you. And what's really crazy is they will honest to god believe it. They'll actually believe you're 6'3'' or have an 10 inch dick when you're like 6'1'' and maybe 7in on your best day - they can't think of themselves as having a slightly above average guy turning them out in the bedroom, so they reframe it as you're this total stud. Because her SMV is based in reality originally, but it really comes to life as an entity of its own in her mind.
And it grows and withers based on your behavior and how you feed it - which is why a married guy who's real SMV didn't decrease (he grew richer, kept working out, etc) can still lose his SMV in her mind. As in, she will start to think of him as less wealthy, less success, less ripped, less studly, etc. All of her measurements of his fitness as a mate - measurements that he thinks are real, verifiable quantities - will decrease in her mind and if you ask her, she'll actually believe it. This is why a lot of women will act on hypergamy, but go to a lower value male at least from your POV. She doesn't evaluate the SMVs logically, it's all based on hamstering.
Funny, charming, charismatic, a womanizer, ripped, big, hot, etc, if you behave in a manner that's attractive and alpha, she'll ascribe those traits onto you. As long as you are at least on the radar in terms of that trait (like if you are fat as fuck, she's not going to think of you as tanky and masculine like a bear - but if you are at least muscleyfat as I was for sure about 1.5 years ago, you can easily pull it off.) If you have the confidence and in your reality you truly believe you are X, she will believe it and it will become part of the foundation of your "applied" SMV.
Your real SMV won't be any higher, we're not going to hamster about that. You know you still need to improve - but in her mind, as long as you keep feeding the delusion and keep her emotionally stimulated, she'll keep cooking up increasingly hilarious components of your SMV.
Of course, the catch is, they only do it for you when they have to rationalize why they are attracted. If they are unattracted through some kind of behavioral fuck up from your end, they will ascribe negative traits to you. If her animal instincts aren't telling her to fuck you, but your SMV is logically high when considered in a vaccuum, she will actually believe you're skinny or weak or short or nerdy or whatever it is that helps her hamster you as unfuckable.
This is why a 8.5 studmuffin can behave beta in front of a group and be clearly socially shitted on for some inept action, and then the 7s won't touch him. They will reframe his SMV his traits. He might a total ripped, wealthy Chad, and but because he's behaving in a very unattractive way, the 7s aren't going to be like "Hmm, well normally Sir Chadwick merits a staunch 8.5 rating, but we must apply a .9 multiplier to account for his recent faggotry, thus docking him to a 7.65. Since I'm a clear 7, I'll still feel attracted."
That's how we'd work. The office minx put on 20 lbs and doesn't wear make up anymore - oh well, she's still a 7, all systems engage, let's fuck her. But not women, it's all suggestion to them, it's all about where they think you're going and what kind social implications fucking you would have. How high SMV can she hamster you as? If she can hamster you as a 10, and you can get enough attraction going, she'll help you out.
To conclude I'll say this is why you shouldn't set your sights low. Try to fuck every 9/10 you can, because that is the ONLY way you'll ever understand how to market up your SMV. That is what will shatter your illusions about SMV.
And before anyone replies with the "eh, typical hamstery bullshit, a guy can never date up!" then understand this - this only works if you hit MVP with your SMV. You need to have a "minimum viable product" to participate in the market. IE you have to be afloat in terms of SMV, and one good way to hit that point is through following TRP protocol to the tee for 1 year with regards to strict exercise, diet, socialization, developing interesting hobbies, fixing appearance, correcting shit stains in your life (like living in your mommas crib or wearing baggy cargo shorts, cutting out time-wasters, and getting at least weekly opportunities to try to convince hot bitches to fuck you. That will build an MVP in 1 year, maybe 2 years for the really fucked up guys.
If you can do that, you'll have a core of SMV that is good enough for her to hamster you as whatever she needs to pass her nonsensical cut offs and standards. See, women have fucking stupid standards and SMV bars that if you take seriously, you'll think I'll never get laid. I only date guys over 6 feet - well, it's a good thing you don't actually evaluate height in the way you think you do, and you think any guy who's attractive is tall.
"I never fuck / date black guys." Uhuh. "I am not attracted to indian/asian guys." Yeah, I believe you, just give me 5 minutes and you'll have either hamstered that I'm mixed race and a sexy exotic guy. See it's all smoke and mirrors, nothing is rooted in a realistic evaluation. Your SMV is whatever you want to it to be - within maybe 2-3 points of your real SMV. (After all, it's too hard for 99% of most men to behave more than 2 SMV points above what they actually believe they are.)
You need some delusional narcissism to deal with women, because they are both delusional and narcissists.
Always remember that. The hotter they are, the more your delusional narcissism will help you behave in a manner that will allow her to hamster you as a 10. Everything you say and do has to be aimed at her hamster, at feeding it, not at her logical mind. Improve your SMV, but never be limited or chained by it. SMV exists as a tool to help you improve the product you're putting on the market. But it's how you market and sell that product that will determine your success - and as advertisers discovered long ago, women are incredibly easy to market crap to.