Self-respect and self-esteem are a positive part of a strong character. But EGO is not. Watch the difference. While one lifts you, the other destroys you. How do you know it is ego working? You will hanker for attention and recognition, even when you do charity or helping those who are in need. Your tricky mind may be silently fishing for compliments. If you are not appreciated you may be depressed! You do so much good. But earn so so little!