The ego, growing on the True Self.
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Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott used the term «true self» to denote a sense of self based on spontaneous authentic experience and the feeling that you are alive, that you have a real self in which there are practically no contradictions. «False self», on the contrary, means a sense of self, (or Ego) created as a protective facade, which in extreme cases can lead to a person lacking spontaneity and feeling dead and empty due to inconsistent and incompetent visibility of reality, for example, with narcissism.
In his work, Winnicott viewed the «true self» as the result of self-perception in early infancy, such as awareness of tangible aspects of life, such as blood circulating through the veins and lungs inflating and deflating when breathing- what Winnicott called simply being.
In the course of life, the True Self, as a rule, is lost behind the facade of the Ego, or False Self.