Ego

First, the places in the Big Book and the Twelve and Twelve where ego is mentioned:

He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest and self-sacrificing. On the other hand, he may be mean, egotistical, selfish and dishonest. -Big Book page 61

They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. They only thought they had lost their  egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves. Big Book page 73

After we came to A.A., we had to recognize that this trait had been an ego- feeding proposition. In belaboring the sins of some religious people, we could feel superior to all of them. 12 and 12 page 30

This, of course, is the process by which instinct and logic always seek to bolster egotism, and so frustrate spiritual develop- ment. 12 and 12 page 36

The problem is to help them discover a chink in the walls their ego has built, through which the light of reason can shine. 12 and 12 page 46

Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much. 12 and 12 page 53

ALL OF A.A.’s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.  12 and 12 page 55

Our eyes begin to open to the immense values which have come straight out of painful ego-puncturing. 12 and 12 page 74

Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Traditions has been tried. That was sure to be, since we are so largely a band of ego-driven individ- ualists. Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. 12 and 12 page 146

I realized that my five-dollar gift to the slippee was an ego-feeding proposition, bad for him and bad for me. 12 and 12 page 163

 

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