When we talk about ego and self we have to talk about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.
So let's talk about them.
Freud's ego really pushes us toward a lot of our animal instincts guiding us while we are trying to control them.
Jung's self is really pushing us toward the personal journey of becoming what we can become, both on this earth and beyond.
So how do we use that to get better?
We combine them.
Recognize and notice the ego as a tool to drive you more toward your true self.
So much fighting over who's right and who's wrong, when really, we all need to use them in tandem in order to reach our true potential.
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