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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

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CHAPTER 4:

THE BIG SNOOZE

          Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

    —Kurt Cobain; you know who this one is, right?

When I first started getting into self-helpery, there was lots of talk about something called the “Ego” that confused the hell out of me. I always thought that Ego was about being conceited and braggy and all, “I’m gonna talk on and on and on about how great I am and then I’m gonna show you my muscles.” Meanwhile, even though arrogance and conceit (which are different from self-love and confidence, BTW) are part of the Ego, they’re not, as I later learned, the whole dealio.

In the self-help/spiritual community, “Ego” is used to refer to the shadow self, or the false self, or the self that’s acting ...

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