50 Words For Ego

(thank you, Staci, for giving me the impetus to question whether the ego is always a bad thing.)

There has been debate about whether the Inuit have 50 words for snow or not and I’m not here to answer that, but I can see how useful it would be to have 50 ways to talk about snow.

That’s why I think we ought to have 50 words for ego.

The word ego has negative connotations. When we say someone has a big ego it usually means they

think they are superior to others.

But having confidence is not a bad trait and it makes things go smoothly in interactions with others.

So how can you tell the difference between confidence and an inflated ego? It probably has to do with the intention of the one sharing and there is a whole bunch of variation and complexities involved with intentionality.

It might help if we had fifty words to describe the variables between the energy that enables someone to do a good job and that of someone who is disgustingly full of themselves.

.When I was in second grade I sat next to a boy named Denis. We had our workbooks open to a page where a big yellow duck spashed around in a bright blue puddle. The duck was wearing a yellow raincoat and yellow rain boots and he had an umbrella. This picture was so funny and sweet it made me laugh.

So I elbowed Denis and pointed to the duck so he could laugh too.

(We both got in trouble because the teacher thought we were trying to cheat.)

That eager and innocent sharing of cool stuff might be called being “”ducky”” (obviously because of the duck. ) I’m joking here, but you see what I mean, right? If I were to define my intention for sharing that picture and I needed to find a word somewhere between the word ego and confidence, it might be ducky in this case. I didn’t share the picture because I thought I was special, but because I thought the picture was special. I was excited. I was delighted. Who wouldn’t want to share that?

Ducky could mean you have enough confidence to point out something you appreciate without having to have an ego so big that you think you know all there is to know about it. There could be more words for all the other variables.

I love it when a teacher is passionate about a subject and shares it because she loves it, not because she thinks she knows all there is to know. I don’t trust people who think they know it all.

I’m talking about the book club.

It is just a book club, not a class and I’m just a host, not a teacher. But I do care about the topic and I do love to share experiences and information as I hope you will share too.

I have often been “accused” of taking the lead because I jump right into a thing. But it is only because I’m ducky, not because I have a big (repulsive) ego. Although I do have to question why I am making such a big deal out of the whole thing. Is it ego that drives me to defend myself?

All Im saying is that I am excited about learning energy medicine. I hope you will share as much as you like! We all have ducks to share. Show me the ducks!

3 thoughts on “50 Words For Ego”

  1. It is a myth that the Inuit have 50 words for snow.
    No, the Inuit language is an agglutinative language. That is, they have more than 50 words for snow. They form more than 50 words from the noun snow. In the case of verbs, they have many words for action. But they can be formed in up to 50 ways.
    There are many such languages. Japanese, Hungarian, Mongolian, etc.
    The ego, and ego, why more words? 🙂


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