Ideally humans should use the only asset they have, namely their minds to discern between right and wrong, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, wise and foolish – though part of this discernment is the ultimate realization that there is a God whose wisdom supersedes our own, hence much as we take medicines prescribed by Doctors for the same reason, we follow God’s directives in life as well.
Emotions are where we react instead of discern in life.
I am attracted toward that which I love / desire.
I am retracting from that which is fearful / painful to me.
The ego state is the most innocuous state for a person can never realize he is in it.
Think of how we in America look at the British: pompous, stuffy, relics of a Victorian age steeped in some kind of ego haughty, ape-like imitation of their Queen.
The person in the ego state is most usually there ironically as a cover up to compensate for low self esteem.
Hence as it is primarily a self defense mechanism, the person most susceptible to its mirage, is the person who projects it.