Me, Myself, and my Ego

Me, Myself, and my Ego

The article “Dealing with Inflated Egos” by Ty Matejowsky and Beatriz Reyes-Foster, discusses the problems that can arise when people think too much of themselves and get into trouble with others. While I thought this article would focus more on the ego, it took it one step further to what I can interpret as everyday and structural violence within the power relations of students and professors.

The article talks about how field schools can become places of bad memories because teachers take their power and use it badly. Their inflated egos allow them to believe they have a right to do things like “demanding lead authorship on original work you have done without actually having written anything.” This reminds me of structural violence that we have discussed many times in class. It is a chronic problem that can arise when people of higher power misuse and abuse their influence on others. This is most prevalent in the Democratic Insecurities book where the government and men force women to do their bidding and be subservient to them. I can also see some of the instances in the article to be everyday violence because many people ignore it and allow the mistreatment to go unchecked as it is something that happens too often to really care about.

In the future these egotistical people will be responsible for their actions, but this article brings up an interesting anthropological view. People misuse power and get too carried away when they think themselves above others. While it will be nearly impossible to control these issues fully, having more democratic schools where all people have stronger voices could help to start combating the great and mighty ego we all encounter at some point in our lives.



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