Can’t live with it. Cant’ live without it. Ego comes up all the time because it’s important. But too much of it can be a bad thing.
Let’s try to break it down.
What is your ego? Is it your identity? Is it who you are?
Or is it something else, a strange mask that you wear to get through the day in one piece?
I think it’s all of those things. And more.
You probably have heard ego talked about in this way:
“Wow, he has a big ego.” Or, “Her ego could fill an entire room.”
This indicates that ego is a bad thing, that it’s something that takes up too much space. And, often, this is true. Ego is something artificial that people create to protect themselves. It’s something they can attach their vulnerabilities to in a hopeless attempt to remove them forever.
But you know what’s interesting? The extreme actions that people take to try to control their environments are typically indications of the exact opposite. The arrogant people who are all about themselves usually feel very small and weak. The people who take up the most space often feel the most alone in their inner worlds.
It’s fascinating, really.