by Conscious Reminder
If you have ever caught yourself behaving in a way that makes you cringe then it’s likely your ego is to blame.
The ego can be tricky to manage – if we’re not careful it will sneak right up behind us when we least expect it, and before we know it we’re acting in ways that we know deep down are not for our best benefit.
What is the ego?
There are many different definitions of the ego, all of which can get quite complex. My personal take on the ego is that it’s the part of us that feels the need to be special. It’s that part of us that seeks approval – and by very definition it is a part of us that feels lacking in some way. This is why I know that the ego is not my friend.
The easiest way to determine if your ego is at play is to ask one of these two questions:
* Do I feel superior to others?
* Do I feel inferior to others?
If you answered yes to either of the above questions then it’s likely your ego is in the driving seat. This is because the ego is somewhat of a contradiction.
So what can you do to combat your ego? The first step is awareness – you need to start to become aware of when you’re ego is playing up so you can stop it before it’s too late!
Here are 10 sure fire signs that your ego is in control:
- You feel elevated from gossiping about other people’s flaws
- You find yourself in a feisty discussion and you just can’t back down until you have ‘won’ the argument
- You constantly compare yourself to other people who you feel are better than you (better looking, more intelligent, happier, more wealthy)
- You constantly compare yourself to people who you feel are not as good as you (less intelligent, lower status)
- You feel jealous when other people do well
- You talk about yourself for 10 minutes before asking another how they are
- You’d rather win than do your best
- You often sulk when you don’t win that sports game or work challenge (instead of being proud of your attempt to do your best)
- You set yourself impossible goals and then beat yourself up when you don’t reach them
- You blame others when things don’t go your way
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