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Exploring the Meaning of the EGO – Part 1

EGO stands for “ego self”. The ego has an unifying role, ensuring consistent conduct and behavior. The task of the ego, however, isn’t just the negative one of staying calm and avoiding fear but also the constructive one of keeping productive. The ego’s defense might be maladaptive and also adaptive. It may protect us from danger but it also hinders our progress.

EGO may become the mask behind which we hide the true character of our true personality. The EGO is the fiction we create to explain who we really are by projecting ourselves on the world. In order for us to have full personal identity, we need to transcend this veil EGO creates. We need to acknowledge ourselves and deal with who we really are. However, in EGO-based personality disorders, the EGO personality is the mask which prevents us from seeing ourselves as ourselves.

EGO is the human psyche at its most dynamic state. The EGO character makes up our fundamental nature that determines how much we can achieve and how much we will allow our ego to limit us. EGO is the dynamic soul of our human psyche that gives us the strength to pursue our dreams and to build the world we want to create.

Let’s step back from the EGO onion. In everyday life, what we think of as normal is often only the tip of the iceberg. Our egoic onion consists of only a few basic ideas. These ideas are distorted by our desires and our interest in how things look on the surface of this world. Most people focus on this superficial material world, but the true “greater whole” exists beyond the limited scope of daily life.

Carl Jung identified a deeper level of instinctual energy known as superego. This superego serves as a defense mechanism that keeps our conscience in check. Superego also represents the faculty of choice and the awareness of self. It is the seat of our highest imagination and, as such, EGO is the more important aspect of our personal psyche than the physical body.

It is this EGO that determines the direction of one’s life. EGO determines the value of one’s personal relationships, the material comforts that they enjoy, the dreams they dream about and even the goals that they pursue. The alter ego, when acting out a personality disorder such as depression, is actually acting out a defense mechanism of our subconscious psyche that tries to keep our conscious mind focused on these material goals. In order to escape from the EGO-based personality disorder, we must find a way to divert our attention from the material world. That is, we must find an activity that we can engage in that will divert our focus and attention away from the EGO. For example, for those who spend most of their day sitting behind a computer, it might be beneficial to get up and walk around a bit each day.

In the work on the meaning of the unconscious, Carl Jung discovered that the human being has seven different personalities, each of which represents an aspect of his personality. When these seven different aspects are combined, it forms the personality of the EGO. Because the EGO is represented by the alter ego, it is the EGO that influences our attitudes towards life in general. And because these various alter egos contain parts of our actual personality, it is important that we try to discover which parts of us are EGO-based, and which parts are part of our soul substance.

When we combine psychology and spirituality together, you get a person who can better understand the psyche and the larger picture of life. This understanding allows us to look at life through the eyes of a higher consciousness, which is more capable of making proper decisions and appreciating the happiness and sadness of a situation. It also enables us to put the human drama into perspective, so that we can prevent ourselves from reacting to every occurrence as if it were a tragedy. When we connect the human psyche with the deeper spiritual world of Oneness, we find an unbeatable force, which can bring about change and improvement within the material world. And when we find that there is a force that governs the higher self, rather than the ego, it becomes possible to use that force for personal gain as well, without upsetting the greater whole.