Ego is the Latin word for ‘I’. The ego is part of the personality that mediates the demands of the id, the superego, and reality. Freud described the id as the most basic part of the personality that urges people to fulfill their most primal needs. The superego, on the other hand, is the moralistic part of the personality that forms later in childhood as a result of upbringing and social influences.
Ego isn’t a bad thing as it motivates us to work towards our goals but sometimes it can become harmful as it forces a person to think just about themselves. Let’s take a look at the ways through which you can control your ego.
Stop Getting Offended
You are just feeding your ego by getting upset due to the behavior or action of others. You should not let someone offend you as it just weakens your energy and surrounds you with negative energy. Christopher Hitchens also says, “Those who are determined to be offended will discover a provocation somewhere.”
You don’t need to win all the time
A human’s ego loves to divide the world into two parts, winners and losers. However, this isn’t true as no person can win all the time as everyone has their bad phase. You should know that no person can achieve 100% perfection and is bound to fail sometimes in life. You will meet people that smarter, healthier, faster, and intelligent than you but this makes you worthless or insignificant. Every single individual has their own area of expertise and you should focus only on that.
You are not right all the time
Your ego is the source of a lot of conflicts and disagreements. Because it wants you to be right, making other people wrong. It is difficult to accept that you can be wrong in your thinking for views many times in life but if you achieve this and accept that you can be wrong sometimes, you can flex your humanity and grow.