Ego pursues self-worth through social recognition at the expense of authenticity.

It shuts off emotion to the detriment of decision making and critical thinking. Shame is a major threat to ego. Ego inadvertently creates disconnection in its pursuit against it. Authenticity is a primary life pursuit 4B6C4A, which ego attempts to counter. Ego creates many defensive behaviors that harm connectivity 4B6C4B. Anxiety drives ego to negative reactions 4B6C4C. Lack of psychological safety creates ego-defensive behaviors in individuals and groups 4B6C4E. Connection puts ego at ease 4B6C5F. Ego is the shadow side of status pursuit 0K2E7. Protects beliefs 0K2E7A.