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There are many parts of ourselves that we fear, suppress, hide and try to deny.

According to Aniela Jaffe, a Jungian analyst, the shadow is the “ sum of all personal and collective psychic elements which, because of their incompatibility with the chosen conscious attitude, are denied expression in life.
The shadows according to Jungian psychology, are those parts of our personality that we pushed down deep into our unconscious mind by creating defence mechanisms. We do not wish to see these aspects of ourselves for they symbolize weakness, fear, or rage.
In the wake of their appearance, we feel depressed, angry, fearful, or frustrated. The shadow aspects in us force us to confront our deepest fears. And that is scary for most people – facing their own deepest fears.

Unless we learn to face the shadows within us, we will be haunted by them. For, they will keep appearing in our lives through others, who through their behaviour, will reflect back to us our own deepest fears. The world outside us is but just a reflection of the world within us.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

Carl Jung, further, states,”To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.
Embracing the shadow selves, or the inner darkness within us, balances us. And ultimately, everything in this world is about balance.

Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.” – Carl Jung

To know more about the Shadow and Shadow Integration work please see:

  • What is a Shadow?
  • What is Shadow Integration Work?
  • Carl Jung’s Collective Unconscious
  • Jung’s Archetypes
  • Four Major Jungian Archetypes
  • Some Major Archetypes
  • Influence of the Collective Unconscious
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