What Is the Shadow?

Shadow Work

Shadow Work

Deep within your mind, a dim cavern holds your dark, forbidden feelings, secret wishes, and creative urges.  Dr. Carl Jung coined the term Shadow to refer to this area of the unconscious mind, which is outside of the light of awareness.  Theologists may call it human “evil.” But, in psychology, it is understood to be an innate part of human nature that only becomes problematic when it is acted out destructively.

When we are very young and an impulse is banished to this darkness (“Stop that crying now!” “Don’t you dare speak to me that way!”), it serves us, protecting our vulnerability among adults. But over time, these unconscious forces take on a life of their own, building charge and forming shadow figures (an inability to cry, a fear of speaking up), which emerge as limiting and self-sabotaging feelings and behaviors.  Dr. Jung worked with the Shadow mainly through dreams.  Dr. Connie has extended his research and works with individual shadow-figures – Moody, Critic, Invisible Sue, Foodie, Trixie, Orphan, Angry Jim, Sad Susie, Addict – in a unique and accessible way, so that you can shed light on them and build an ongoing, conscious relationship to them.

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