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Can identifying with a false image of yourself cause suffering?

Deepak Chopra
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Identifying with a false image of who you are causes a great deal of suffering in other ways. Life never stops demanding more and more. The demands on our time, patience, ability, and emotions can become so overwhelming that admitting your inadequacy seems like the honest thing to do. Yet in a person's false self-image is buried the ugly history of everything that has gone wrong. "I won't," "I can't," and "I give up" all flow from Sanskrit's fourth klesha -- identifying with an imaginary self.

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