The Surprising Benefits of a Quiet Ego

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 16, 2016

If you stroll down the self-help aisle of most bookstores in America, you’ll notice that book after book is about how to be greatlook good, and win. All of these promises for self-enhancement can be loud and quite overwhelming. Sometimes I cheekily wonder, why is there no such thing as a quiet self section?

What is so great about a quiet ego is that it is not a silent ego. The quiet ego brings others into the self without losing the self. According to Bauer and Wayment, the quiet ego consists of four interconnected facets: detached awareness, inclusive identity, perspective-taking, and personal growth. These four characteristics all contribute to having a general stance of balance and growth toward the self and others.

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