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Shadow Self

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The Shadow self is a coined term by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung which refers to all the parts of ourselves that we don’t like—or that we think society won’t like—so we push those parts down into our unconscious psyches.  It is this collection of repressed aspects of our identity.

Rather than confront something that we don’t like, our mind pretends it does not exist. Aggressive impulses, taboo mental images, shameful experiences, immoral urges, fears, irrational wishes, unacceptable sexual desires—these are a few examples of shadow aspects, things people contain but do not admit. 

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