Have you ever known anyone with a larger than life ego? I would bet almost anything that you have. We’ve all run into big ego types in our lives – some of us have been unlucky enough to live with, date, or even work for these big ego folks. It’s hard to be around them for sure. People with big egos tend to make the rest of us feel invisible, as everything is all about them. I tend to think that this is just another term for textbook narcissism, and I think we’re all getting more prone to it in modern culture.
According to psychologists, there is a narcissism (or big ego) epidemic in the United States, and it’s only getting larger. Over time, people are being shown to have less and less empathy, which is thought to be inversely related to ego size. Meaning, the less compassion you have for people, the bigger your ego is. Makes sense to me! And I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this blog will agree that this trend is happening. Luckily, I think you’re all part of the solution, not part of the problem, since you engage in honest self-reflection.
Do you agree that egos are out of control? It’s hard not to notice it these days with social media. While having a Facebook or Twitter account certainly doesn’t mean you have an ego issue (I love using these services to connect with others), we all know people who see the internet as their chance to be a “mini-celebrity.”
Interesting food for though, I think! I wrote How Big Is Your Ego? with just these topics in mind, and I think it’s more relevant than ever. Take it for yourself, and even consider taking it for someone in your life whose ego you think might be out of control. I think it’s easy to get a bit navel-gazing in this culture, so don’t be alarmed if your score seems a little high 😉
What did you get on How Big Is Your Ego? Comment and let me know. Do you think that people are more ego driven than ever? Or do you think that this is just a part of the human condition?
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