Definition of Ego:
A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.

Synonyms of Ego:

Self-worth, self-respect, self-conceit, self-image, self-confidence, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


Your ego is not your amigo

People who are driven by pride of self unconsciously blind themselves to their liabilities.
Newcomers of this sort scarcely need comforting.

The problem is to help them discover a chink in the walls their ego has built, through which the light of reason can shine. The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each A.A.’s Twelve Steps.

For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. Nearly all A.A.’s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven’t much chance of becoming truly happy.

Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.–As Bill Sees It | More… (p.74)


is the most defended mechanism on the planet the defense cannot be recognized by the person in the middle of it. You cannot be surrendered and defended at the same time, they are both mutually exclusive positions — Bob D | More…

Your Ego is not your amigo –Ken D.


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