How to Combat an Inflated Ego...
If you're losing friends because of a supersized ego, consider this:
In a study published in the June 2 issue of Science, scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and their colleagues describe and analyze the colon microbiome, which includes more than 60,000 genes–twice as many as found in the human genome. Some of these microbial genes code for enzymes that humans need to digest food, suggesting that bacteria in the colon co-evolved with their human host, to mutual benefit.
That's right, there's more genetic information in the criters that inhabit your colon than it takes to build the rest of your body.
Of course, the same applies to the rest of us too, so maybe this isn't all that humbling.