How the ego can cause you harm?
In a current world built on encouraging ego and narcissistic behavior through poor gov’t leadership and corrupted corporations using mood behavioral patterns on social media platforms, it is becoming a false misleading environment to think this behavior is healthy.
Your ego strips you away from the present moment. Imagine living your whole life thinking about the past and the future, and then realizing at the end that all you ever had was the present moment - but you were too stuck in your head to fully engage your senses and enjoy the world around you. Here’s how you can identify when your ego kicks in:
- Have you ever disliked someone succeeding?
- Do you compare yourself to others?
- Do you look for attention?
- Do see yourself as better, cleverer, or nicer than others?
- Do you like talking about people’s imperfections?
- Have you ever noticed that you’re ‘virtue signaling’ (showing off how moral you are)?
Have you ever looked down on someone for not trying as hard as you?
There is nothing wrong at all with having an ego - there is nothing wrong with feeling important - but the ego needs to be regulated. The problems arise when it affects your decision making, your mood, or it turns you into a victim, an underdog, or it makes you feel superior to others to justify your behavior.
These things make you miserable. Your ego will fight this fact though, it wants to look at the past and the future to find trouble so it can defend itself. It wants to fight. It doesn’t want you to be at peace. Your ego needs an enemy - a situation or a problem to feel bigger or better than.
This stops you from enjoying your life and accepting things as they are. You can, however, learn to accept how things are by simply noticing when your ego is interfering and gently bringing it back into line.