Knowing the Shadow

Our Persona is how we wish to be seen by the world, the so-called psychological clothes we adopt that mediate between our true selves and what we show to the world. That part of us that we fail to see or know, that which hasn’t entered into our consciousness adequately, is called the Shadow, a term coined by the eminent psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung.

How the Shadow Originates

Jungian Analyst and author Robert A. Johnson shows that, while we are all born whole, we enter into the world of duality and so we begin to divide our lives into culturally acceptable and unacceptable parts. The refused and unaccepted parts don’t go away; instead, they take on a life of their own. If they go unacknowledged, they can accumulate and erupt with terrible effect.