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If your ego is too loud, it stops you from reaching your goals and having a happier, more fulfilling life.

That’s the message from Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at Columbia University, in an insightful article published in Scientific American.

The problem

Kaufman defines your ego as, “that aspect of the self that has the incessant need to see itself in a positive light.” He claims that, “the more the ego is quieted, the higher the likelihood of actually reaching one's goals.”

His views are shared by Mark R. Leary, the author of The Curse of Self. Leary observed that “egoism” can “profoundly affect people's lives, interfering with their success, polluting their relationships with other people, and undermining their happiness.”