Originally Posted by samurai
Anyway, faber, I always get reminded of college when I read your posts. Ironically, I too graduated from MSU Bozeman.
I didn't graduate from MSU-Bozeman. Never was a student there. My sheepskins are, by Montana standards, imported.
But I do remember your ties to the area. I bet college here is memorable.
Originally Posted by Philpug
Like fan and fanatic?
Isn't fan, as in a sports fan, short for fanatic?
--for anyone who still cares--
Egocentrism, according to cognitive psych types, is a developmental flaw, unless you are about 7 or younger. It is the ability to perceive the world only as it relates to you. Late childhood adds the dyad (the ability to understand a second party's perception) and pubescence/adolescence adds the triad (understanding one or more third-party perceptions on the dyad). Maturity/adulthood should add the alter ego (the ability to reflect on yourself in an abstracted manner).
Different schools of psychology will quibble over the precise lines of demarcation between each stage, but that's a very generalized synopsis.
So, like Samurai, Volantaddict, and a few others before pointed out, *EGO* is the conception/construction of self. That's it. It can be healthy, centered, overly centered, inflated, flawed, underdeveloped, etc., but it just refers to the self. (In Latin, it means "I")
In popular usage, it has taken on other meanings, which is what the OP was after, I think.
BTW, most psychologists assert that few, very few, people reach full emotional and social maturity in all components of the psyche. Of course, they might be saying that to keep themselves employed