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1 1L4.4 Characteristics of Ego Lecture #4.4 Forget-me-not Characteristics of Ego March 2, 2013

2 Characteristics of Ego Ego has context, structure and relies heavily on identification. Context identification is conditioned by the environment, upbringing and culture. Structure is the thought process underlying ego’s identification with form. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego2

3 Identification with things Identification with things e.g. the toy is the context (content). How the toy becomes part of “I” identity is the structure. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego3

4 Identification with things Later, instead of toys, my cars, my house and my life become part of “I”. How meaningful are these when death is near March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego4

5 Identification with thing s Identification with body, gender & physical appearance: We can see this clearly with the TV Commercials that push beauty products. ?v=U4eXTrievQQ ?v=U4eXTrievQQ March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego5

6 Identification with Status and fame Identification with status: Holier than others, i.e. bigger ego, e.g. Bible story – lesson of the widow’s mites. Identification with fame: Ego needs to feel superior, e.g. movie stars, sport stars. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego6

7 Characteristics of Ego Ego lives through comparison: chasing wealth and fame, e.g. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego7

8 Characteristics of Ego Ego tends to equate “Having” with “Being”. I have therefore I am. But its satisfaction in having is relatively short lived. Why? Because form is never permanent. Ego is greedy and always wants more: Wanting is structural, so no amount of content can fulfill it, e.g. Ego always wants something from other people or situations. The hidden agenda is “ a sense of not enough yet”. The underlying emotions is fear. Again because identification with form is never permanent. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego8

9 Characteristics of Ego Ego wants to be “right”: Even some religious practice cannot rise above this, e.g. 1. Catholic church Inquisition and Reformation 2. Islamic jihad March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego9

10 Characteristics of Ego Ego does not want peace. It wants drama and conflicts, e.g. action movies Ego loves complaining and resentment: to feel superior, to feel important, e.g name calling, shouting and physical violence. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego10

11 Characteristics of Ego Ego likes role playing: e.g. villain (temper tantrum), victim (seeking sympathy and pity), lover (falling in love – intensification of egoist wanting and needing), self definite roles in society (priest, doctor, farmer, merchant). So “you” are not relating to that person at all, but who “you” think you are is relating to who “you” think the other person is and vice versa. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego11

12 Characteristics of Ego Parental role: don’t disappoint me. I sacrificed so much for you. Parents know best. Don’t fight them. Ego will take up a defensive position. Recognize that you are dealing with their egoist self and not their true self. Ego can also takes things personally, e.g. “ Believe me, I know”, “Why don’t you believe me?” The action can be defensive, even aggressive. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego12

13 Characteristics of Ego Ego leads to greed. Ego feeds hostility Ego is stubborn, ignorant. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego13

14 Collective Ego Collective ego can act like individual ego, e.g. war, national conflicts. March 2, 2013L4.4 Characteristics of Ego14

15 15L4.4 Characteristics of Ego THE END Thank You Lecture #5 Who was the Buddha? March 2, 2013

16 16 Discussion 討論


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