I found this excerpt from a blog and wanted to bookmark it for future reference.
"The ego has a bad rap — it has become the villain of self-help. We associate it to being entitled or arrogant. That’s why we want to get rid of this enemy.
However, the ego is not the issue; the illusion of self is.
According to psychologists, if we don’t have an ego, we would become mentally ill. We need it to mediate between the unconscious and the conscious. Your relationship with your ego can turn into either an enemy or an ally.
The ego causes most of your suffering, but it can also save you from further pain."