Owning Your Own Shadow

Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche, by Robert A. Johnson

The shadow in Jungian psychology is the unconscious dumping ground for undesirable characteristics of personality. “Owning” the shadow–accepting it as part of one’s self–is seen as the first step toward wholeness. Using examples from history, mythology, and religion…. offers a tour of the shadow, showing its origin and features, and demonstrating how and why it bursts into consciousness when least expected.

…this archetype needs to be integrated into, not rejected from, our lives if we are to live holistically.

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