'The ego must justify its perversions'
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I would say it is true for sure.
I've seen people get so stuck on an idea that they refuse to accept anything less than their original thought (and I've probably have done it, as it is simply human nature). The ego is responsible I would imagine. Rather, the ego forces the person to keep walking down the right path, because it fears of looking weak/wrong/stupid for backtracking and taking the right path.
No one likes to be proven wrong. It takes an overwhelming amount of hard evidence to make someone set in one way flip to the other side. It's bias. This is partially why it's much easier to persuade someone who is in an on-the-fence view rather than some far on the opposing side. Our ego controls us and adds illegitimate fuel to keep the fire going.
Sometimes ego in decision making is good because it helps us take leadership roles. If we were always questioning ourselves, nothing would ever get done. A leader needs to be decisive. The ego can fill in any gaps of missing decision making info there and help. That being said, the ego can also turn negative by causing us to have bias and be blinded in our preconceived notions. We frame everything to look in the light we want it to look in. This can be often considered "intuition."
As with every human emotion, there is a positive and a negative side.3