What is Ego and why we should we be aware of it?
The word “Ego” literally translates from the Latin word “I”. The Oxford dictionary meaning of ego is “A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance”. So let’s explore this a little….
Ego operates in both our preconscious and conscious part of the human brain and it is what determines our sense of self, our reality and how we react to the situations that surround us. When you were born you go through different life experiences that help form your belief system and your sense of who you are as a being. It helps us determine what we see as good or bad which innately protects us in our decision making. Ego exists in both negative or positive ways in each person, you can have negative beliefs that can bring about negative thoughts and self-esteem, you can also have positive beliefs which brings positive thoughts and positive self-esteem, the two come together to form our ego. Imagine ego as an iceberg, it goes a lot deeper than what you see just on the surface.
The common use of the word ego is usually referenced to arrogance, vanity, self-satisfaction and superiority, however the psychological definition is quite different. In psychology ego is a concept that simply describes an aspect of one’s self. It's the part of the human personality we identified as "self' or "I" that deals with the external world and its practical demands. The ego enables you to perceive, reason, problem solve, test reality, and adjust your instinctual (primal) impulses to the moral (your belief of what’s right or wrong) component of your personality.
Therefore every single human being has an ego and it dictates your entire life. It's the narrating part of the brain, that little voice in your head that tells you what you are feeling, tells you what you can't do, or that you’re not good enough. It is easy to get wrapped up in your thoughts and that can be a source of major stress or lack of fulfillment in life. Becoming aware of your presence in your head can seem like a daunting task but the more you are able to identify that little voice in your head (your ego), which criticises or questions everything you do, the more you can let go of negativity.
Learning what your negative self-talk is whether it be towards yourself or you judging others and redirecting it is an essential part of your personal growth. When you are aware of negative patterns in your thought processes you are able to transform them into more positive energy. Self-awareness is one of the most crucial stepping points on the path to you living your best life, and every little step will get you closer to creating the life you want.