Ego Inflation

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Ego Inflation is the over-inflation of the Bodily Ego that occurs when a damaged Bodily Ego with unmet love and self-esteem needs make a strong connection. An individual who experiences ego inflation comes to believe they are "special" or "chosen" in a way that elevates them to special status. Ego inflation is represented by unwarranted beliefs in one's intellectual, emotional, evolutionary, or spiritual superiority.

Connection Pathologies

Connection Pathology > Communication Error, Connection Psychosis, Constricted Connection, Ego Inflation, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion, Flooding, Gurutitus, Majdhub, Spiritual Emergency

Syncretic Terms

Ego Inflation > Nadir Experience

Related LP Terms

Ego Inflation > Connection Pathology, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion

Non-LP Related Terms

Ego Inflation >


"The opening psychic often falls prey to ego when it is assumed that only he/she can 'see' or 'heal,'..."[1]

When speaking about the significance and reality of mental influence over a distance, one researcher, Jule Eisenbud, U.S. psychiatrist, noted that his success at the experiments has "triggered infantile desires for power, for omnipotence, for control over others..." [2]

Ego inflation contributes to and exacerbates already existing narcissism, sometimes to the point of psychosis.

Ego inflation exacerbates the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Aleister Crowley is a classic example of ego inflation, which moved him from reasonable interpretations of spirituality, connection, one's Highest Self, and so on, to claims made later in life that was a new Messiah spreading a new religion in a new Aeon.[3]


  1. Stevens, Petey. Opening up to Your Psychic Self. Nevertheless Press, 1983. p. ix.
  2. Vasiliev, L.L. Experiments in Mental Suggestion. Vol. 22. Hampton Roads: Charlottesville, 1963. p. x.
  3. For some discussion of this see Pasi, Marco. “Varieties of Magical Experience: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice.” In Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr, 53–88. Oxford University Press, 2012.