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.