What is a simple way to explain ego?

What is a simple way to explain ego?

The bad ego:

A superficial driver that seeks external fulfilment

The good ego:

Our internal motivator that drives us to be better than the person we were yesterday

The bad ego:

It is the voice of ‘praise me’ in your mind. The voice of ‘I want to be the best’ - but not always for the sake of excellence - but rather so you can be seen to ‘be the best’

The good ego:

The measured ‘ego’ can be healthy - it brings self-esteem, security, ambitious pursuits and lofty endeavours

The bad ego:

The unhealthy ego would have you involved in ‘zero-sum’ games, to confuses praise with accomplishment and to consider accomplishment a pre-requisite for happiness

Be wary of your ego my friend. It is Jekyll and Hyde

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