In this channeled list, I asked the Michael Entity to briefly comment on the ways false personality frequently reveals itself in terms other than the chief features or the negative poles. This is an excerpt from a longer piece that is still in development.
The point of this channeling is not to make you feel guilty about yourself or encourage you to point your finger at another. For those on a spiritual path who strive to be more self-aware, it simply serves as a reminder of how false personality (or the ego) easily creeps in.
15 MANIFESTATIONS OF FALSE PERSONALITY (or Ego) THAT YOU ENCOUNTER EVERYDAY
1) BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOUR MISFORTUNES
Taking responsibility for your life is shattering to the ego. Admitting your complicity in a choice that led to a negative outcome is a devastating blow, and the defense most used by the wounded ego is to blame someone else. This negative-based form of scape-goating is one of the hardest foibles to overcome and a sure-fire way to entrench false personality even further.
2) BELITTLING OTHERS TO ELEVATE STATUS
This weapon in the arsenal of false personality is a favorite among ambition-crazed young souls, but all soul ages can fall victim to its seductive allure. Politics offers unlimited opportunities for this ego-based tactic, and when a charismatic speaker sways larger groups, considerable damage is inflicted.
3) USING GOSSIP TO DAMAGE REPUTATIONS
Similar in design to the previous tactic, gossip is an age-old disease of the egoic consciousness, an insidious weapon difficult to avoid and harder to repair. Gossip works like a virus that spreads exponentially, leaving a destructive wake that all began with the machinations of one person.
4) BEING PREOCCUPIED WITH APPEARANCES OR POSITION IN LIFE
Another young soul vice and a distorted need for love and admiration. Souls with this affliction often crash hard when the impermanence of the desired things in life provide an unwelcome reality check. A craving for status and higher position is also terribly exhausting, as it becomes a full-time job.
5) FEELING JEALOUS, ENVIOUS OR RESENTFUL
One of the universal expressions of false personality, the issue here involves a soul almost sociopathic in the desire to have its needs met. If this person cannot be happy or prosperous in the way that matches their insatiable appetites, they will consciously (or unconsciously) attempt to pour cold water on the good fortune of someone else. The underlying tenet here is an underdeveloped level of maturity, where childish outbursts — although not always seen on the surface — are common.
6) ABDICATION OF SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
This often arises when serving a corrupt master and it is the preferred dodge for those that lose their humanity in service of the unscrupulous. In this instance, all responsibility is shifted to another, with defenses like “the devil made me do it.” Similar in theme to blaming others for misfortunes, the difference here is that the abdicatee is usually cognizant that a better choice could have been made. Although in instances where false personality is extreme, the individual may not know what incited their behavior. They were blind to it.
7) EXPRESSIONS OF SELF-PITY
Feelings of self-pity act as a self-defeating barrier to those potential thoughts or solutions that might bring relief when life takes a downward turn. Forms of self-pity are even more egregious when all avenues of hope are rerouted to one, inexorable destination — the dead-end. False personality is the clear winner here.
8) SPEAKING TRUTH THAT CUTS OR WOUNDS
Hurtful speech often indicates a lack of empathy or an ineptness at knowing the potential impact of the chosen words. Tough love may be used as the rational excuse for this behavior, but words with barbed edges have no place in situations where the goal of a compassionate connection is desired.
9) SEEKING THE PAIN OF OTHERS TO CREATE ONE’S HAPPINESS
This common expression of false personality manifests when a personal desire becomes so strong (some might even say monstrous) that obstacles along the way are considered necessary collateral damage. Any guilt that arises from inflicting pain on another gets immediately countered with logical reasons that justify the action taken. Another twist on this theme is when the pain of others is sought as a form of revenge.
10) SELF-IMPORTANCE In ALL GUISES
Arrogance is the affliction behind most examples of self-importance and entitlement. Garden-variety delusions of grandeur often inflate the ego’s impressions of its talents and skills, forever comparing itself to others in a delusional “mirror, mirror on the wall” fashion that leaves all perceptions blind to the abilities and worth of other people.
11) SEEKING APPLAUSE OR APPROVAL
This may not be an expression of ego if the intention is to seek valuable feedback on something. The ego enters when the need for attention becomes neurotic and a desperate cry for love. Excessive neediness often points to childhood insecurities that were never addressed.
12) REACTING PREDICTABLY TO EXPERIENCES OF PAIN OR PLEASURE
This usually indicates a penchant for habitual responses to life where essence contact is cut-off, and the emotional body takes over, reacting to stimuli as if on autopilot. Common irritants with habitual responses might include getting stuck in traffic, waiting in a long line, or feeling insulted. The reaction is often predictable: impatience sets in, the blood boils, the ego is ready to brawl.
13) THINKING YOU ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS
In this classic manifestation of false personality, comparisons are made, sometimes at a rapid pace, of how the observer measures up against others. This expression of ego both sizes up and tears down the shortcomings perceived in those of similar aptitudes.
14) SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
This distortion of an otherwise positive physical plane experience occurs when a sexual desire of an individual or group impedes the choice of another. The well-known criminal offenses are self-evident but using sex as a means to dominate, demean, or manipulate is all too common in your world and a direct expression of false personality. This includes all forms of sexual deviancy. Sexual acts driven by instinctive centered motives bereft of any desire to seek essence contact could be considered a missed opportunity for a more significant connection with another.
15) EVERYDAY NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
The abundance of negative emotions that accost people throughout the day aptly illustrates the persuasive nature of false personality. Negative emotions cannot happen without this influence. This shift from states of higher consciousness to lower is so seamless that the transition is accepted as a normal mode of behavior. If positive change is desired, however, merely observing the existence of this daily parade of unruly emotions is a good place to start.