A few years back, a couple friends and I decided to do some inner-work on our egos. As an exercise in self-discovery and awareness we mapped out genograms, took a few personality tests, spent time in meditation, and read a couple books. What I discovered about myself was PAINFUL. My ego, or shadow as Pete Scazzero calls it, is an enemy of God. It is selfish, competitive, emotionally detached, and destructive.