Sep 10, 2018
Sexy Spirituality podcast Episode
Speaking to Your Ego:
Friend or Foe?
- The term ego comes from the work of pioneering psychologist
Sigmund Freud. The ego was considered a mediator between the
id (pure desire) and the super-ego (the moral part of the
- When we speak in common language about ego, we're more likely
to be speaking of someone who is boastful or
- The ego gets a bad rap for two reasons. First, it's used
to put people down. It can be used in a judgmental way, as
in, "He's being egotistcal."
- Secondly, we're being egotistical when we talk about ourselves
a lot, creating an unbalanced conversation.
- The ego can be our friend, because it is the place of
recognizing and celebrating the great things about ourselves.
Roundtable with Lezli Goodwin & Kimjera
- It can be interesting trying to strike a balance between
knowing and claiming our worth but not sliding into the part of the
ego that is fear-based.
- It can create a sense of shame when we feel like we shouldn't
get too big for our britches, and that can force us into going to
one extreme or the other: total humility or egotistical.
- It's all about perspective! We can lean into the strength
of the ego to help us be brave enough to step into new things (like
putting this podcast out!) as opposed to using the ego to shield
ourselves from something we are afraid is wrong with us, to pretend
to be something that we're not or to put down others so we can feel
- We need to have a value check-in, because we know when we are
using that ego to diminish someone else to make ourselves feel
better. It's not pretty, but it's real!
- Ego challenges can show up when we are taking on new roles,
like stepping away from a job to be a stay-at-home mom or starting
a new business. It can be bruising when we don't always feel
like we're doing a great job.
- It's helpful to be conscious and question why we are feeling
how we are feeling. Are we reacting to a wounded ego? Just
knowing what's going on can save us so much heartache.
- Fear of the ego can keep us from celebrating our
accomplishments, like promotions at work, because we don't want to
seem boastful or egotistical. But it's important to celebrate
our successes as well as those of others.
- We hold ourselves back and play small, but it doesn't serve us
or the people around us.
- As women, it's an extra challenge to develop those leadership
skills and willingness to own our worth without tipping over to the
place where we are judging or diminishing others.
- An essential piece of this is allowing people, even our
children, to define success for themselves. It's a protection
against that need to tip into the negative part of ego and helps us
to keep it postive.
Quote of the Episode
"We play small in order to help people not feel small, but the
truth is if we life ourselves up and we act in our wholeness and in
our perfection of who we are -- even in the workplace -- then what
we actually create is an opportunity for other people to then do
the same in their lives." Kimjera
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