Understanding The Ego – Part I

Alex Moses

  • What is the ego? Is it good or bad?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ego as the opinion that you have about yourself. In psychology, the ego is considered to be part of the mind that senses and adapts to the real world. In the context of this course, we view ego as a mental structure comprised of a set of belief systems that start with the pronoun “I” – I am a student, I am a father, I am a teacher, I am a husband, etc. As such, it gives you an identity, but you must understand that the sense of self derived from the ego is illusory – meaning it doesn’t really exist. You are not your stories or attributes, but someone who is conscious of them. This is a hard truth for most people to swallow, but it is absolutely necessary to accept if you are to…

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