Ego is fear. Ego is attachment. Ego is defense. Ego is the desire to look good and do it right depending on what you were praised for as a child. Ego is every defense mechanism you have ever displayed. Ego always thinks in absolutes. Ego believes whatever you are experiencing in this moment is permanent. Ego cannot express creativity because ego is set in its determinism of the world. Ego sees everything as separate and in competition. Ego is constantly projecting the past onto the future as a way to perpetuate the illusion that you need its protection.