Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Of Jungian Shadow

It’s not like Trygve is pain. It doesn’t represent my problems, but rather the way I deal with these things. I’ve got it all inside me, this part of the psyche Jung called Shadow, the dark part of us that we’ve all got.

I like thinking that Trygve is here as my own way to fight this Shadow. It seems that being aware of it is an already important of ones’ inner development, and that’s a comforting thought in this sea of guilt and blame I find when exploring this area. When needing comfort I have a particular fondness towards this little quote by Jung:

If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the "House of the Gathering." Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.”

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