Does Ego Drive You?
Why is it that we denounce ourselves so quickly when it comes to taking on an obstacle that we feel incompetent or ill-equipped to handle? Do we focus too much on successes rather than the probability that comes with chance? These questions are odd to me yet, it can always be said in the end that it always seems much more enlivening to take on a challenge that lacks certainty. The feeling is absolutely revitalizing and there is nothing else quite like it. This feeling relates to what is known as, ego. These aspects reflect how we view ourselves as individuals and here are my reasons why ego is so important.
Here is one saying that always makes me think, in which I am even guilty of using: “I should have known better.” Like when we drive too close to someone’s bumper knowing we would collide with them if there were an abrupt halt. Or when we talk to people about certain topics that we are fully aware could lead to serious consequences for even their slightest mention. It is not until that moment when shameful enlightenment arrives, for some reason we resort to saying, “I should have known better.” Our consciousness is vast and we often have many variables such as, distractions or a wandering mind. But are we truly remiss in these circumstances? Or do we know exactly what we are doing? I sure as hell think we do. But with our infallible nature and our keen interest in doing what gratifies us in that very moment we had arrived to, brings our ego’s out above all else. An impulsive nature that is difficult to restrain.
When we are making a majority of our choices it is never really about being completely honest with someone, seeking legitimacy, or even gaining appreciation from others. Our egoisms absorb us in a composition that centers on our minds rather than the topic of interest. You get a glimpse of the con based upon an example concurrent with the scientific management approach to the working atmosphere that appeared during the early 20th century in America. Frederick Taylor’s sights on assembly line coordinated work devalued workers and caused them to view their worth as no more than a number in a factory. This contributes to what is known as the social bond theory. Debauchery and theft follow with this lack of distinction that workers encounter. Hence, ego advanced their judgments and they sought what was best for themselves when workers felt exploited or interchangeable with everyone else.
Although this may be an extreme example or irrelevant to many people’s lives, it displays the natural desire one gets when they are not receiving the focus and appreciation that they feel that they deserve. Another example is the Galatea effect which also clenches the very nature of self-image corresponding with the diminished value of a person in a workplace or even in an everyday relationship. This effect is a genocide on our very thoughts and we thrive off our ability to simply please ourselves. We dine on what enhances our ego’s most and we often do this by blocking out obvious outcomes or reaching a solution that makes us feel a sense of entitlement. Ego is a force that drives us, yet it very well quells those that surround us.