MENTAL HEALTH: SHADOW WORK


Mindy Lawrence

The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung was the first to talk about the “shadow self.” He defined the 'shadow' as the side of your personality that contains what you don't want others to know about or admit having. It is in your unconscious. Only through effort can you become self-aware and recognize your shadow.

The shadow contains impulses that we try to hide like fears, sexual desires, and irrational thoughts. According to the article “Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Ultimate Guide to the Human Dark Side.” Some common behaviors within the shadow-self include:

· Harshly judging others on impulse
· Pointing out your own insecurities as flaws in another person
· A quick temper with subordinates
· Playing the victim in situations and not admitting to wrongdoing
· Willing to step on others to advance
· Unacknowledged biases
· A messiah complex

Review the links below for more information on this topic and to learn how to implement the practice. If you choose to do shadow work, consult a professional mental health professional to help you along the way


LINKS

Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Ultimate Guide to the Human Dark Side, HighExistence, Jack E Othon
https://highexistence.com/carl-jung-shadow-guide-unconscious/

Shadow Self: How Knowing your Dark Side Can Help You in Life, MindOwl, Filipe Bastos
https://mindowl.org/shadow-self/

7 Ways to Spot Your Shadow Self, AbundanceNoLimits
https://www.abundancenolimits.com/7-ways-to-spot-your-shadow-self/

A Guide to Shadow Work Plus 5 Exercises from Experts to Get Started, Healthline, Beth Ann Mayer
https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/shadow-work

The Benefits of Shadow Work and How to use it in your journey, Maggie Wooll
https://www.betterup.com/blog/shadow-work#:~:text=reflect%20those%20traits.-,What%20is%20shadow%20work%3F,that%20you%20subconsciously%20consider%20undesirable.

A Guide to Shadow Work Plus 5 Exercises from Experts to Get Started, Healthline, Beth Ann Mayer
https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/shadow-work

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