In the car with my 10 yr old daughter the other day, she asked me what Ego meant, one of her vocabulary words for the week.
I laughed. Good question, I replied. What do you think it is?
I wouldn't ask if I knew, mom.
Well, use it in a sentence, in context. You've heard the word enough to have an inkling what it means. And an inkling is as close as you're going to get to defining an abstract like Ego.
Her brows narrowed and I could see her pondering in the rear view mirror. My ego got hurt when Ms Brown told me I was singing flat this morning. She paused. And she did, mom.
Sorry. We'll get back to that. OK? So Ego is feelings then?
Not exactly. It's more like how we see ourselves. To me, I'm a good singer. You can hurt my feelings by being mean to me. But you hurt myÂ ego when you tell me I'm not how IÂ think I am.