Your ego can be a great driving force, providing you with the confidence necessary to propel yourself forward to success. However, we’ve all met that one person whose ego is completely over the top!
While we often see ego as a negative thing, this isn’t always the case. In fact, having a healthy ego is important, some psychologists even go as far as saying it’s essential for your health and happiness. Why is this so important? Your ego is what allows you to handle negative emotions, such as those rooted in fear, anger or sadness. It provides us with the self-confidence and strength to face these challenging feelings and emotions, holding our head high. It allows us to embrace and love ourselves.
However, while confidence is a positive thing to have in life, it’s a fine line between a healthy ego and becoming overconfident or egotistic. Confidence and self-assurance can quickly spiral into toxic thinking, leading those who give in to forget about everyone else around them entirely. Prideful, egocentric and even narcissistic, they become so self-absorbed that they hurt those that they care about most.
For those who are looking to delve deeper into understanding ego and its implications, “Ego Is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday is a comprehensive guide that can help shed light on the matter.
Do you know someone that fits this definition? Is there a family member, co-worker, friend or neighbor that leaves you shaking your head at the inflated ego and self-importance that guides their life? Experts say that there are some personality types that are more likely to fall into this negative way of thinking. In fact, if you break down the personality traits associated with each of the zodiac signs, 3 signs easily stand out as the biggest offenders. You don’t want to insult or even playfully tease these individuals, or you’re going to pay for it!
If you’re interested in astrology and want a deep dive into understanding zodiac personalities, “The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need” by Joanna Martine Woolfolk offers valuable insights.
Proceed with caution! These 3 zodiac signs have a massive ego:
It’s not that they’re overly self-absorbed in the traditional sense of the term. After all, they’re okay with not being the center of attention all the time. The biggest flaw for those born under the sign of Capricorn is that they are SO focused on success and what they need to do to get there that they forget about everyone and everything else in their lives. They become obsessed with the details, focusing on the facts and practical requirements to get through life while forgetting that feelings and emotions factor into the equation at all – including the feelings and emotions of those around them. If you’re a Capricorn, take the time to recognize that there is more to your life than just working towards your goals.
These unique and one-of-a-kind individuals aren’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. They are so determined that they won’t ‘fit into the box’ that society sets out for them that they can become intolerable in their efforts to stand out. The truth is that their need to be seen as an individual can actually lead them to be a little pretentious, seeing themselves as being better than those who ‘fit in’. This may come across as a little tough love, but if you’re born under the sign of Aquarius, it’s time to get over yourself. Different doesn’t always mean better. Some things are considered ‘the norm’ for a reason because they just work.
This should come as no surprise to anyone that is even remotely aware of the zodiac signs, as those born under the sign of Leo are well known for their healthy (or not so healthy) ego. This is one zodiac sign that is highly focused on self-image and the adoration that they are receiving. They live for the spotlight, determined to show the rest of the world that they are the best in any situation While they do love dearly, highly protective of their loved ones, it’s not uncommon for them to become so wrapped up in their own needs, wants and desires that they forget everyone else entirely. This can lead to hurt feelings and damaged relationships. If you’re a Leo, make an active attempt to refocus your attention on the people in your life who matter (hint: it’s not always you).
Navigating the intricacies of relationships with individuals who have a pronounced ego can be challenging. To better understand the nuances of such personalities, “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement” by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell is an enlightening read.