Seems to me most articles dealing with the ego, just start out with everyone knowing what the writer means. Same for articles on self. What is the difference?
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I am beginning to think that we use ego to mean that part of self that is for everyone else. And in that I think we can make real progress with our self by tempering it both rationally and spiritually. I am so mellow I might need to boost my ego ;-)
So you think that when we say ego it means the negative portion of the self?
Not necessarily. We all have an ego. But confidence in ones self is different than showing everyone your ego.
Josh, that is why I am asking this question -- what do you mean by showing your ego. What is the ego that is different than the self? I know we have words like egotistical that have negative stuff attached. But why?
Showing your ego would be posturing or pea cocking. Letting everyone know how good you are. The self is knowing that you can achieve great things without having to tell everyone how great you are.
So Ego is the outer self, which we show off. So I gather ego is part of the self in your way of thinking.
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Jessie thank you for that insight. It would seem to me that we have to drop the notion of progression. A timeline of graduating toward a higher understanding makes no sense. Jung seems to me to be closing the box. Ideal or not ideal.
Yes Dana, it seems that really for the ego to mean something negative you have to put a modifier on it. I was wondering why it gets such a bad wrap when we all have one.
Sparlea, it is good to hear from you. I can tell you are doing well and that is good. I googled it also. It seems that ego really just is, Too much is bad. Too little is bad. But it does seem just about the same as "self". Thank you.
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