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Ego: The Ghost in Your Machinery

Ego: The Ghost in Your Machinery

by Louis D. Cox Ph.D


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The guiding intention for this book is to make a contribution to the processes of self-recovery and self-realization—and to make these processes more user-friendly and more potent. Many people, the author himself included, are susceptible to the hidden inner forces of endarkenment, and can become caught in nasty, self-destructive cycles of confusion, self-doubt, and self-hatred—all while in the process of doing good, honest work on their inner lives.

The managers of these forces—our egos—stealthily do their work, too often to the complete blindness of their hosts. Most people don’t know what an ego actually is, how it does its job within its host, or think they don’t have an ego, that they just have a “me,” and are just “being myself.” In fact, this unawareness is a sign that their ego is doing a very good job. For the ego to do its job well, it must stay in stealth mode…as “the ghost in our machinery.”

Ego: The Ghost in Your Machinery seeks to make our egos visible. It provides methods for separating from our ego’s grip. It also offers tested methods for accessing the powerful source of our own true, trustworthy, and wise inner guidance, referred to as our Truthplace. The Truthplace is the source of the moment-to-moment conscious unfolding of our true nature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948796019
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Dr. Lou Cox is a Clinical Psychologist with 55 years of experience. In his private practice, he works as a psychotherapist, awareness trainer, and addiction specialist. He works with individuals, couples, and families.
In his organizational consulting practice, EgoMechanics Inc., he trains teams in a method of group communication that creates and sustains high team performance and team integrity. He has trained executive teams in this method in organizations, such as Disney Corporation, American Airlines, Sony Music Corporation, and International Creative Management Company, as well as numerous rock and roll bands, including Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and REM.
Lou has been married for 54 years to his wife, Fran, with whom he co-wrote a previous book entitled A Conscious Life: Cultivating the Seven Qualities of Authentic Adulthood. He has three adult children and six grandchildren.
Learn more about Lou at www.egomechanics.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section One: My Ego and My Self

Chapter One: What Do You Think An Ego Is? 19

Chapter Two: A Job Description of the Ego 35

Chapter Three: Does This Map Of The Ego Fit Your Experience? 57

Chapter Four: The Ego’s Reinforcement/Reward Team 82

Chapter Five: How Are You Doing In Your Ego’s Eyes? 100

Chapter Six: The Ego’s Enforcement/Punishment Team 133

Chapter Seven: Seeing The Fearsome Threesome At Work Within 153

Section Two: My Truthplace and My Self

Chapter Eight: Using Personal Awareness to Expand

Beyond the Grip of the Ego 195

Chapter Nine: What Do I See Inside Me With

My Personal Awareness? 208

Chapter Ten: The Truthplace 234

Chapter Eleven: Living From The Truthplace 248

Chapter Twelve: On Pain, Pleasure, Safety, and Wellbeing 252

Chapter Thirteen: Can We Be With Each Other

Safely And Courageously? 261

Chapter Fourteen: Resource Document 274

Chapter Fifteen: Living In a Two-Sided Inner World 286

Appendix A – Resources 305

Appendix B – The Ego: Classifications And Types 308

Acknowledgments 311

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