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The shadow is simply the black side of someone's self personality. What is black is always known only indirectly through projection upon others. This is why the first meeting with the shadow is considered to be a moral effort. Also one discovers his black side as like coming from the outside (because of the psychical projection). The difficulty of absorbing the shadow is huge if we have to face alone this powerful feature.

The black side/shadow feature may be also equaled with the Freudian personal unconscious . It comprises everything one repressed because is rejected by his superego. Freud's linked these repressed contents mainly with the sexual drives and wishes.

The shadow is the first to be met when one starts his work of self analysis. As long as the shadow is not assimilated and controlled by the conscious self it may appear in dreams and fantasies mingled with the anima archetype. Thus one can dream of bad women or witches, of women with personal high power and destructive impulses affecting man's mind and eros. There's also the phallic mother (a female figure endowed with phallic, aggresive powers) - if the dreamer repressed his own aggressiveness.

The black shadow may appear as an archetype too. The devil's images and features (symbols) are very common to men's dreams. Also the Devil-like characters - who compensate the luminous figure of the Saviors - share the shadow realm.

Jung about the Shadow (coming soon).


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