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Summary: Readings to think about what shadows represent in psychology.

    • Quote: As Carl Jung pointed out: “The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself”
    • Article also gives examples of how to accept our shadow side.

    • Shadow work is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the “shadow self,” which is the parts of the psyche that people often keep hidden, such as trauma and resentment.
    • Shadow work helps people with:
      • identifying and countering negative personal traits, as well as negative traits that society has instilled in them
      • learning to be more accepting of themselves
      • understanding the challenges other people face with their shadow selves
      • confronting trauma, grief, and other challenging emotions
      • understanding how society, childhood, and various relationships influence their lives and interactions
    • One of the ways to practice shadow work is Sand tray therapy: Sand tray therapy uses sand trays to promote meditative mindfulness and to encourage a person to create scenes that accurately depict their inner life. This may help them explore their unconscious mind and shadow self.

    • The act of simply acknowledging shadow traits, and accepting them into reality, will bring more balance to the mental landscape
    • There are four basic steps in Jungian Shadow Work
      • Accept the truth that our shadow traits cannot be repressed out of existence.
      • Introspect and accept the root of each shadow trait.
      • Work to bring aspects of shadow traits into the light.
      • Allow shadow traits to express themselves in healthy ways.

    • The Shadow Caregiver: The Martyr is the shadow version of the caregiver. This is the archetype that takes caregiving to the extreme. They are self-sacrificing, codependent, and often find themselves in relationships where they are not appreciated.
    • The Shadow Explorer: The Wanderer is the shadow version of the explorer. This is the archetype that takes adventure and independence to the extreme. They are often rootless, aimless, and directionless.

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