Different people have different ways of looking at things. What is acceptable to one person wouldn't necessarily be acceptable to others. Ego is something that stops one from doing anything beyond the boundaries of their mind-sets. If they see anything going beyond that, it gets really difficult for them to accept it.
Ego is a strong barrier that one creates between themselves and the world, which allows only those things that the person finds apt for them, to take an entry inside. People with Ego feel that they are being offended even when it’s not the case.
Ego basically deals with two sides within us i.e., the instinct and the rational. The instinct demands without a second thought and the rational part allows only what is reasonable. Ego is the mediator between these two. It’s the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.
If people think of themselves having all the knowledge, they might not have any room left for more. If you ask for tea or coffee in a cup, the cup must have some place to have an extra pour, otherwise it will just overflow. As explained by the Zen master to scholar who had visited him to learn about Zen philosophy, "You are like this cup; you are full of ideas about Buddha's Way. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can't put anything in. Before I can teach you, you'll have to empty your cup."
Ego can also lead to disturbed relationships where the egoistic person might not be in a position to be flexible in any situation. This would also apply at workplace where the person with ego would find it difficult to cope up with the boss or colleagues.
For a student too it becomes difficult to adapt to the knowledge that is being given to him at school because he might have a totally different idea about the knowledge being given to him/her.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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