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How can I navigate differences in defining ego between psychology and spirituality?

Answer from our relationship trained AI Couple Coach:

Updated: 

March 10, 2024

The concept of ego is central to both psychology and spirituality, but it is understood and approached differently in each discipline. In psychology, the ego is often defined as the conscious mind or the sense of self, responsible for mediating between the id (primitive desires) and superego (internalized morals). It plays a crucial role in identity formation, decision-making, and managing social interactions. On the other hand, in spirituality, the ego is often seen as the source of individuality, attachment, and suffering, viewed as a barrier to enlightenment or spiritual growth. Spiritual teachings may advocate for transcending the ego through practices like meditation, mindfulness, or self-awareness to achieve a deeper connection with the divine or universal consciousness. To reconcile these differences, it's essential to recognize the complementary perspectives of psychology and spirituality in understanding human nature and behavior. Rather than viewing them as conflicting or mutually exclusive, consider how they can inform and enrich each other in your personal journey of self-discovery and growth.

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