“A big ego is not the sign that one likes oneself, but just the opposite. If people “brag” and “show-off” a lot, it raises the question, what do they dislike about themselves so much that they feel they have to get others to like them to compensate?
It’s not that people don’t like themselves completely. It’s just that there’s a part of themselves they don’t like, and so the ego compensates by trying to get other people to like them. Of course, they don’t show the part of themselves they don’t like to others until the growing intimacy of a relationship makes it impossible not to. When they finally do, and when the other person acts surprised, and maybe even negatively, then they can assure themselves that they were right about this aspect of themselves being unlikable. It’s a very complex process, and you move through it every day.”
God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Friendship with God”
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