Recall Britney’s 2008 breakdown, Clinton’s sex affair and the behavior Nixon’s behavior in the White House before his resignation?
“When we experience those moments when people reveal their dark side, we see something come over their face; their voice and body language of altered— almost as if another person is confronting us, the features of the upset child suddenly becoming visible” – Robert Greene
Carl Jung called it The Shadow.
The Shadow consists of all the qualities we try to deny about ourselves and repress. You can try really hard to cover up these aspects but they will pop back up sooner of later. You can see glimpses of it showing from people in moments of stress.
“You can throw out Nature with a pitchfork, but she’ll always come back.”
Hiding The Shadow side of yourself takes energy. You must be adept to see when The Shadow is appearing in yourself and others.
The Shadow also tends to show more with age. “Later in life we tire of the masks we have been wearing, and the leakage is greater.”
I’ve started to study Jung but I haven’t read up on the concept of The Shadow yet. What I’ve got from The Laws of Human Nature is an introduction that left me wanting to know more – What reading do you recommend on the Shadow and Shadow work? Let’s confront our dark sides! 🤔