Many spiritual people talk about this like an illness. This is because it is based on the bias of perception rather than Reality. We see ourselves different from how others see us, and we see the parts of ourselves we like or dislike in others. It is a major cause of emotional suffering and is felt most when one awakens to this world full of lies.
The most prominent lie to awaken to, is to find that most of what we thought about this world is untrue. It is a fabricated reality based on the manipulation of the human “herds” through their emotions. When we realise this, we are deeply hurt as though by a cheating partner of whom we trusted absolutely. But we can no longer deny truth.
Then comes the phase called the “Dark Night of the Soul”. This is where we try to find out who we are, but more importantly, what our real purpose is in this world. This too can be part of ego contamination, thinking we are more than we are, because of the gap between those who are aware of reality and those who are still dreaming reality.
Our Egos are built from learned behaviour. This has been handed down through the generations by indoctrination. Even though most of these beliefs are the illusion of authority, culture as well plays a part in Mind Control. These external manipulations mean nothing. It is like we are a created Phantom that we are projecting onto others.
It is difficult for most people to admit they were wrong, made a mistake or have been fooled. This is the true failure. Not dealing with a negative situation allows it to thrive. Most of our negative experiences come from external sources. Ignoring the negative cannot bring change. A better world can only be achieved by taking positive Action.
The fullest affliction of Ego is Solipsism. This is the belief that only Oneself creates, and others are just ideas of one’s mind. They believe that there is no truth. Life is just an illusion to be ignored. Solipsism is similar to the ideology of Satanism, except that Satanists see existence as just another animal seeking indulgence and gratification.