Artist: Ravynne Phelan
The Ego, Truth, Power, Responsibility, Consequences, Cause and Effect, Lessons Learned, Memory
– Ego does not always tell the truth
– Effect will always follow cause
– Time to change your ways
– Admit you made a mistake
– Memory is imperfect
– Self-justification does not mitigate harm
– Consequences are inescapable
– We all make mistakes
We are creatures driven by our egos. Our ego is in part, our identity – the center of our consciousness. It is driven by our instincts and base desires, and constrained by culture and society. It can have us feeling confident and certain, or it can have us feeling uncertain and afraid. It can also employ one of several defense mechanisms to shield us from uncomfortable truths or a reality that we are not willing or ready to accept. So many of us are afraid of the truth. We can be so afraid of the truth that our ego will work hand in hand with our primal instinct and do what it can to protect us. If our ego is wounded, or we have been taught to fear, the defense mechanisms employed may also be detrimental to good health, wellbeing, and to our relationships with others. Our need to feel safe, to feel good, to be right, to be better, to be needed, and to be loved, can result in the evidence at hand – reality – being distorted and shaped to fit our perception of events so that what we want to believe is in conflict with fact.
Cognition is the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. Cognitive dissonance is a conflict that arises when an individual attempts to hold onto two conflicting beliefs or thought processes at the same time. That conflict can give rise to mental, emotional, and physical discomfort, especially when our actions and our reason for behaving in a particular manner war with our natural sense of right and wrong and the moral code we are taught by those around us.
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