We often say of people we see as very self-important that they have “a big ego”. The very use of the term suggests a belief that such people are larger than life, if not false or pretentious. Our popular culture is full of this. Yet their polar opposite could be just as important, an ego of one who appears over-humble, seemingly self-depreciating, over-deferential. Neither is authentic, and thus the term “ego” suggests a false self. Yet there’s a lot more to the term than just the matter of inauthenticity, important though that is, as we’re dealing with a whole range of human characteristics. So what is meant by “ego” in this sense?
The term “ego“, which is the Latin for “I”, is used in a variety of senses, according to the particular tradition that uses it. So in a Western sense … Read More »