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The Ego and Identity are often in conflict because they are more or less opposite, the Ego as fairly grounded to the senses, the Identity capable of being a wholly intellectual illusion. Because the Thinking-I is said to interpret both through the Ego and the Identity, there should naturally arise conflicts between the two. For instance if the individual has the body of a man (Ego), but the Identity of a woman, or a body that feels like a woman (Ego), but with the Identity of a man, the individual may be conflicted. Other conflicts might be such as when the Identity as shrewd gambler, does not agree with the reality, such as 'usually loses'. The individual is expected to live up to religious standards (the Identity) even though the Ego, grounded in the senses, possesses no proof for abstract properties of God.

Comparisons of the Ego and the Identity may be made in terms of strength, as a strong Ego with weak Identity and vice versa, or both the Ego and Identity strong or weak. When the Ego and Identity are in agreement and attached, meaning they are the same and strengthened by belief, as the Identity of the preacher is strenghed by the Ego of conviction, both would be strong. If the Identity of the preacher has no Ego of conviction both may be weak. If the Identity is detached from the Ego, like one believes they have magic powers, it may be a strong Identity not dependent on the Ego. If the Ego is strong, based on the success of talent like the ability of persuasion, any number of Identities may be attached to it, such as teacher, politician, sales-person, preacher etc.

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