I think i understand what you mean about the ego not wanting to let go...
I often feel that i cant ´leave´ this world (not physically) and all i ´know´ to get on with what i know i should get on with - but part of me does not want to let go all that is familiar.
i know it doesnt all have to be left behind, and you probably wont regret it when you get there, but the path of least resistance is always the most comfortable and easy... i guess maybe its also a type of defence mechanism to a degree.
As for it feeding you falsely... definately. Tells you you want and need things you know you are perfectly fine without or better off without. Sometimes i feel like i dont want to let go (addiction to all things material, superficial and those DAMN cigarettes) but most of the time i know its only a matter of time.