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Goes wrong with individual essences (4)


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'individual essences' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to thinking as well as being plural nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'goes wrong' is the wordplay.
'wrong' indicates an anagram.
'goes' is an anagram of 'EGOS'.

'with' is the link.

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(Other definitions for egos that I've seen before include "feelings of self-importance" , "Self-images" , "Lots of self-esteem" , "People's personal pride - the parts of them that are conscious" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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