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The Ego
  • The term ego has many definitions. Sages say it is the only barrier between us and true enlightenment. Whether we define it as self-esteem, self-importance or our arrogant, stubborn nature, ego isn’t something to be discarded, as it has tremendous functionality in this world.
  • The term ‘ego’ comes from the Latin word ‘I’, which Sigmund Freud chose to describe as ‘es’(in the German language), later translated to the English word ‘ego.
  • People associate conceit (narcissism), arrogance, big headedness, or simply being smug with being egoistic. People who have an aura of superiority, pomposity, or pride can also be termed ego-centric.

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Psychology defines ego as a neutral concept which is one of many aspects of ourselves. The ego is then simply one’s individuality, the thoughts, behaviours and experiences that make a person unique. It is the part that perceives reality, making sense of all the information around us.

Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego and the superego. The id is the primal, wild part of our mind, the ego is the ‘conscious mediator’, the rational part of our mind making all the decisions, and the superego is the conscience.

  • Self-Concept: Our own self-image, the way we perceive ourselves.
  • Identity: Our social status, physical characteristics and abilities.
  • Self-Perspective: Our own unique view of ourselves and the world around us.
  • Self-Worth: The ability to see the good in ourselves, someone who deserves good things and values being themselves.
  • Self-Esteem: It is a positive sense of self-worth, our own confidence, and the need to fulfil your and others desires.
  • Individuality: It is our own unique self, as each of us has our own thoughts, needs, abilities and preferences.
  • Personality: The unique traits, quirks and other qualities that make you who you are. Example: Cheerful, quiet, or bossy.
  • Egoism is the belief that our moral behaviour is based on taking care of our own interests. Taking care of ourselves is actually a rational, desirable activity. If we take care of others while neglecting ourselves, we become worn out or suffer burnout. Example: Flight Attendants warn passengers that they should be putting on their own oxygen masks before helping anyone else with theirs.
  • Egotism means having a really big ego. Egotists are always talking about themselves.
  • Egocentrism is when one only sees their own perceptive and thinks that the world revolves around them. The focus of an egocentric person is only themselves.
Causes of regret

Studies show that there are these are the three causes of regret:

  • Inaction
  • Lost opportunities
  • Poor judgment

When we decide to not actively pursue the things that we want to, in retrospect, it will bring enduring regrets of what could have been. There are some things that we could have done at that time and some we could have prevented had we not done it.

  1. Make sure to spend time thinking about your decisions twice or thrice, but don't let it eat you up.
  2. Stop undermining your relationships, both romantic and platonic.
  3. Learn how to seize opportunities. You can't go back in time. Whatever you choose to do, whether study or travel or both, your experiences are your own.
  4. Lay down your personal values and make decisions based on them. As long as you have a good justification for a decision to be made now, at least you won't regret it later.

We make many decisions in life, often small, but big decisions come up from time to time where their ramifications may linger for years. It's often scary to make a big decision because of what might happen, but it's inevitable.

Certain studies showed the most common life decisions involved getting married, having children, their careers, and pursuing a degree. The less common ones involved ending a life and engaging in self-harm.

Regret is a feeling everyone experiences at one point in their life or several. It's a negative emotion that comes from the time we reflect on past decisions and wish we did something different.

Studies show that the most commonly reported regrets involved romance, family, education, career, finance, and parenting. Those in palliative care often wished they lived a life true to themselves, wished they didn't overwork themselves, or wish they stayed in touch with their friends.

Music And Self-Awareness

Music has contributed to gatherings and bonding among groups for centuries, which is always a good way to create relationships.

Music is a side effect of self-awareness and love in our species. Many birds sing songs with the purpose of attracting mates, and while a sparrow's song is not as complex as one sung by humans, it involves the same basic motivations.

Music is related to our cognitive capacity, comprehension, and self-awareness. It is our ability to create interesting fractals.

Love and trust are connected to music as it removes logic and reasoning out of the way, letting the people come into an imaginative dream world. Music evokes true love, commitment, long-term relationships, and emotional connections between people.

That is why we don’t just like music, we love music.

Self-Affirmations

Self-affirmations are a reflection of who you are. It is a way of thinking and writing about yourself, moreover, the things you stand for like your values in life. They are positive statements that we use to surmount the negative thinking. They do not rely on fake confidence or creating a fake reality.

They do have a bad reputation. So you have to do it in a way that doesn’t make you cringe.

It is better to create your own self-affirmations if you do not reverberate with the whole "I radiate beauty and grace". If you don't know how, here are some self-affirmations that inspire me:

  1. You've done it in the past, you can do it again.
  2. Do it today, not tomorrow.
  3. Learn to love the difficult.
  4. Just get done with it and move on!
  5. So what!? Stop taking everything so seriously.
  6. Stop overthinking and let's go!
  7. I am a finisher. I am almost there!

Remember, self-affirmations are your core values.

Seasonal Storms

Tornadoes don’t really have a particular season and can form any time of the year. They do occur more frequently in Spring and Fall.

There is a misconception that opening house windows causes the high pressure of the house and low pressure of the tornado to cancel each other out, and that the house can explode if windows are left closed.

In reality, opening the windows does no good and only lets the wind and debris enter your house.

According to experts, seeking shelter in a highway overpass or a bridge can be dangerous, as it can cause a ‘wind tunnel’ and sweep you from right under the bridge, or worse, can collapse the bridge if it is weak.

The safer option is to lie low (and flat) in a ditch or low spot.

Tornadoes can occur anywhere but it seems they are witnessed more in small cities or rural areas. It is not to say that they cannot occur in big cities.

Tornadoes are less common in hilly and mountainous areas, due to the cool, stable air of the regions of higher elevations. The mountains have their own ‘windward sides’ which make the tornadoes break up or weaken.

Tornadoes are generally observed in flat fields, leading to the belief that they only occur in open terrains. Though mountain friction and winds do stop them a little, they can easily be formed over water, so are not entirely land-based.

Tornadoes don’t have a particular direction of arrival, like the Southwest. They can come from any side of the house and even if they come from a particular direction, the wind can blow in other directions and carry debris anywhere.

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