In keeping my word, I've decided to provide a short illustration, via iPad, of another way to look at the Ego.
It's an overused - misused - and misidentified term that people use terribly wrong, to me. For something that is never going anywhere, people sure do an amazing job of demonizing it - causing many people to be fearful of their own capabilities, abilities, and gifts. Hiding their personalities and "blaming" it as a character flaw.
The truth is, the Ego cannot be bigger or smaller - it cannot be killed - it cannot be destroyed. It leaves us when we leave this incarnation. But, there's a lot of misunderstanding of the concept introduced by my man, Sigmund Freud, and many people regurgitate misinformation unintentionally / intentionally causing "listeners" to internalize their own humanity, personalities, likes/dislikes, etc as wrong, or "egotistical."
I'm not done exploring this, as a matter of fact. People only refer to the Ego - never the ID, or the Superego.
Freud, why is that?
Question: Freud, are you rolling in your grave because I'm topless in your intellectual space? Or are you rolling in your grave because people have it horribly mistaken?
I've decided to reimagine the Ego as the ability to segregate / identify: "I am" "You are" "That is" "This is" "We Are"
All of those other things we associate the Ego with, "The shadow behind fear of change" is too much. Because of its abuse of the term, people rarely even see the terms "Healthy Ego" coexisting.
However, the ego can't even be healthy or unhealthy - it just is. It's a brain function.
So, I'd much rather discharge the term - completely reimagine it, and share imagery to provide an additional mental, thus, "emotional perspective."
I think if we reimagine the Ego, we won't see it as a pathology and use it in criticism (manipulative, criticism, that is. There's a difference).
Anyway, here's a video to assist.