being true to yourself

A sense of impurity from violating true values and emotions can motivate good deeds to try and repair the moral damage.


the ego trick

The unity [of self that] we experience, which allows us legitimately to talk of “I”, is a result of the Ego Trick — the remarkable way in which a complicated bundle of mental events, made possible by the brain, creates a singular self, without there being a singular thing underlying it.

Julian Baggini, The Ego Trick, quoted in The Atlantic