Who Lives in Your Shadow?

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Who Lives in Your Shadow?

  1. 1. Who Lives in Your Shadow?
  2. 2. What is this thing that psychologists call the Shadow?
  3. 3. The Shadow is a construct coined by Carl Jung, a well respected psychoanalyst and student of Freud.
  4. 4. The Shadow is the opposite of the Persona, which is more commonly known as the Ego.
  5. 5. The Persona is the version of ourselves that we present to the world.
  6. 6. For most high functioning people the Persona construct incorporates all that we are proud to be, where as the Shadow incorporates all we are ashamed to be or parts of ourselves we are not consciously aware of.
  7. 7. There are many reasons why getting to know your Shadow is beneficial to career success and life satisfaction.
  8. 8. Energy • the Shadow is all that we resist knowing about ourselves and resistance requires energy. • Energy used to repress and resist selfknowledge is unavailable for other activities.
  9. 9. Will vs. Sabotage • Yes we have will power, but the Persona’s will (conscious self) has way less power than the Shadow’s will (unconscious self) • Ignoring the Shadow gives it more power. • Pushing more of one’s self out of the Persona and into the Shadow is a recipe for selfsabotage.
  10. 10. “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the Self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.” Carl Jung
  11. 11. By: Charlie Birch, CDP FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHADOW WORK CONTACT: KGBirch@gmail.com @BeingHumanAlly www.CharlieBirchProjects.com/BHA-consulting Copyright 2013

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