We found this useful scale of emotions/consciousness from Dr. David Hawkins (veritaspub.com).
“Levels below 200” is a good representation of how the ego operates when it relies on fear, judgment; the need to control; the need to be right; and the need to blame (fault-finding). Hence, it produces all kinds of negativity such as anxiety, dread, anger, rage, unhappiness, sorrow, grief, frustration, disappointment, apathy, guilt, shame and the sense of “not enough”. Therefore, we must become aware and not dwell in them. If we do, then we begin to behave accordingly and justify doing harm to others or ourselves. This is why people engage in violence, crime, abuse, taking advantage of one another, manipulation and control. Of course, the ego does not see anything wrong or imbalanced about this because it seems logical when it’s in “fight or flight” mode.