Saturday, May 14, 2016

Three Questions to Assess a Person’s EGO

We need a well-developed ego but we have to keep it under control.

Ego is an interesting world with both positive and negative meanings. Different dictionaries give synonyms such as “self-esteem,” “'self-importance,” “self-worth.” “self-respect,” “self-conceit,” “self-image,” “self-confidence.” It is often defined as the 'conscious mind' or 'self,’ especially as distinct from the world and other selves.' Ego can be both healthy or toxic, which questions should you ask to assess a person's "EGO"?

Do you have the right dose of EGO? We all have an ego - an ambitious sense of self that drives us to accomplish things. The word ego means a 'sense of self' which means that you are aware of your physical, mental and emotional presences. Others define “ego” as someone with self-awareness, self-determined, and ability to achieve. The suggested categories of healthy ego are self-actualization, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-pride. However, too much ego is unhealthy, and it can cause problems - an inflated, pompous, selfish drive that fights to win at all costs; to have an overinflated sense of self. A healthy ego, by contrast, is one in service to our higher selves (that intuitive, a more selfless aspect of ourselves that is the truly enduring part). When healthy, the ego still helps us succeed via our own strength in a professional way. With healthy ego, individuals should get involved themselves to help grow that responsibility down to the personal level. Only then can humanity stand a chance and comprehensively see positive results. Putting our EGO aside opens the door to true human actions and interactions.

Do you have "Ego" problem and being perceived as “egotistical”? When people base their self-esteem on how others see them, they are often seen as egotistical. Put yourself above all others without ever caring about or considering the consequences of detriment to others by your actions is what being defined as 'egotistical' behavior. We need a well-developed ego but we have to keep it under control. An ego out of control would use your whole life for ego gratifications. When they focus on what they want and tune into what others want, they develop ego-strength as they pursue their goals and serve others. It's all in the balance of it, the yin and yang. You've got to have a strong sense that you are able to affect big change in order to motivate others to do so. There are quite a few ego-words with both positive and negative implications as well: Ego-awareness is the ability to know that one is consciously making decisions; egotism is the overestimation of the importance of one's ego; ego-centricity is behavior that is motivated by a belief that one's ego is of greater importance than others' are; ego-driven is used to describe someone who is motivated by a real or fantasy view of their own ego. Ego-strength is one pursues his/her goals and serves others as well.

How to be confident without too much EGO Many people confuse confidence with ego. It is good to be confident in a natural way and there is no ego in that. However, if your confidence is based on trying to cover up your inner weakness or fear of being seen for who you really are that is definitely an unhealthy ego.When you identify with your higher self, strength, spirit, or some other definition of the higher part of you which is not egotistical, you feel totally at peace. You have a sense of natural humility because you don't need to prove anything to anyone. You do not prevent yourself from shining or standing out in a group when needed, nor do you push yourself ahead of others or stamp on them or try to make them feel small. You have a natural respect for all life and an innate understanding that every human being is valuable.
Like many things in the world, it’s all about balance. Too much ego has one thinking too much of oneself: minimizing, marginalizing and dismissing the perspectives of others. Too little ego has one not believing in oneself, lack of confidence and self-esteem. The pendulum can swing to either side. The goal is to maintain the right level of healthy ego, and grow into a high-quality digital professional.


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