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Owning Your Own Shadow

Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperSan Francisco
 | 
February, 1993
ISBN:
9780062507549
Quantity: 
4
$19.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This strong work from the acclaimed Jungian analyst and bestselling author of He, She, We, and Inner Work explores what it means to “own” our own shadow—the term Jung used to describe the dark, unlit part of the ego. In this rich work, Johnson guides us through an exploration of the shadow: what it is, how it originates, how it interacts and is made through the process of acculturation (that is, by just being alive and growing up), and the havoc that it can wreak if not absorbed.

His point is that until we have undertaken the task of accepting and honouring the shadow within us, we cannot be balanced or whole, for what is hidden never goes away, but merely—and often painfully for ourselves and others—turns up in unexpected places.

To honor and accept one’s own shadow is a profound religious discipline. It is whole-making, and thus holy and the most important experience of a lifetime. 

“It is [also] astonishing to find that some very good characteristics turn up in the shadow,” writes Johnson. “Generally, the ordinary, mundane characteristics are the norm. Anything less than this goes into the shadow. But anything better also goes into the shadow! Some of the pure gold of our personality is relegated to the shadow because it can find no place in that great leveling process that is culture… Curiously, people resist the noble aspects of their shadow more strenuously than they hide the dark sides.”

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

A bestselling author shows how we can reclaim and make peace with the "shadow" side of our personality.

A bestselling author shows how we can reclaim and make peace with the "shadow" side of our personality.

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