Psychology - Jungian Shadow Archetype
posted by Anone .
Could this, "the Shadow", be considered "the Self" in some cases? And if so, how does one go about treating that?
The human personality has a structure, and so does the physical body. It has a heart and brain, other vital organs, musles, bone and such. If I switch the heart with the brain, the patient will die...
So, if a patient's true self is "the Shadow", then... can't really be helped, can it?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
First of all, what are you treating? What do you mean by "self" — the conscious portion (ego) that you can access easily or the total self?
Since I do not subscribe much to psychoanalytic theory, I searched Google under the key words "Jung Shadow" to get these possible sources:
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There are still other sites. In the future, you can find the information you desire more quickly, if you use appropriate key words to do your own search. Also see http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/.
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
Jung saw the "Shadow" as the dark side of ourself. The therapist tries to help the client balance the ego and the Shadow.
Here are two quotes with their sources listed below. These articles may help you.
"The Shadow is the personification of that part of human, psychic possibility that we deny in ourselves and project onto others. The goal of personality integration is to integrate the rejected, inferior side of our life into our total experience and to take responsibility for it."
"The first pair is 'ego' and 'shadow'. The 'ego' is the fragile, precious light of consciousness that must be guarded and cultivated. A healthy 'ego' organizes and balances the conscious and unconscious elements of the psyche; a weakened 'ego' leaves an individual in the dark, in danger of being swamped by chaotic, unconscious images, the 'ego' is the sense of purpose and identity. The 'shadow', which is always of the same sex, is the dark side of the person, characterized by inferior, uncivilized or animal qualities which the 'ego' wishes to hide from others. It is not wholly bad however, but primitive and unadapted; it can vitalize life if honestly faced up to."
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Shadow is that portion of the personalities that apposes the so called ego... my question is, is it possible for the ego to be the shadow and the shadow to be the ego?