Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise-Psychiatryc Side of Ego and Foolishness

Tell us about a time when someone had you completely fooled, where the wool was pulled right over your eyes and you got hoodwinked, but good. Was it a humorous experience or one you’d rather forget? What was the outcome?

I was fooled a lot of times, I do make mistakes, a lot of time indeed. For example is my decision to buy a battery I knew wouldn’t fit the device I had, but I bought it anyway. Nobody is fooling me, except myself. I think it is a sense of ego I had in me that needs to be defended, I need to be right, to do some action although it is not the right one logically.

Our society do fool itself in many different ways, the war on terrorism, the education system, even we fool ourselves by killing people who kill others, because killing itself is not a good action. And why do we did it anyway? The answer lies in ego, OUR ego. We do a mistake and to rationalize our mistake we made even bigger mistake to cover it. And these mistakes keep pilling, until our society is too blind to see it.

No, I’m not being negative on many things, what I’m trying (yes, trying) is to see things objectively. Analyzing why we did what we did, sometimes even when we knew it wasn’t the best choice.

We tell people we are defending the truth, but actually we are defending our ego, our need to be right. Because the truth need not to be defended. Take example of the daily shouting occuring in many household around the world, each spouse need the support and approval from the other, that they debate each other about the “right thing” to do, how to do it, and countless perspectives when the goal is actually the same. They want to be loved, they want happiness, a sense of satisfaction in life.

Tragically, we often hold our approval to our partner, kids, until they felt unloved and think we doesn’t care anymore. It doesn’t need cost to say, “you did a great job kid” to our children. But how many father say it?

dp: brilliant disguise


About agent909

Kevin Yulianto is a private trader and equity portfolio manager with over 4 years of experience. He was born in Jakarta at July 18th 1994, graduated with Bachelor of Medicine Degree from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in 2015 and is expected to receive Master of Management Degree from Binus Business School in 2017. Currently he is pursuing his professional certification in the CFA and FRM program, in which he passed level 1 for both program in 2016. Kevin is an avid traveler and photographer, with a record of 32 countries visited in 2016. He is a freelance contributor at Getty Image and is running two website in his spare time, journeyman.live and idxstockwatch.wordpress.com.
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