Updated: Mar 11
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Dictonary.com defines it as:
noun noun: ego; plural noun: egos
a person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
What is the purpose of the ego?
The ego is trying to protect us and it has its own needs that is it trying to meet. Primarily, the need of the ego is acceptance.
Instead of trying to fight or minimize our ego, what if we showed it empathy? Our ego is serving us the best way it knows how. And, for many of us, there have been times in life that our ego has helped us get through some challenging situations.
I notice when I am starting to feel insecure about being accepted by someone else, I can start getting a bit "braggy".
I have been trying to pay more attention to the role my ego plays in my interactions with others and the self-talk within. I notice when I am starting to feel insecure about being accepted by someone else, I can start getting a bit "braggy". My husband points this out to me and tells me how embarrassing it is. I tend to shrug it off to him but inside, I know that my ego was getting worried and decided to step in and help me the only way it knows how. So instead of being mad at my ego for getting in the way of my authentic self and my ability to show my true self, I give it a little empathy.
Empathize with the ego when it starts to kick-in to high mode. It needs it!
Hi there Ego,
Are you feeling concerned because you want me to be accepted by others?
Are you feeling edgy because you really desire that I am part of this community?
Are you feeling worried because you value my belonging?