Shadow Self

In analytical psychology, the shadow or shadow self, is an unconscious aspect of the personality that does not correspond with the ego ideal, leading the ego to resist and project the shadow. The shadow self reflects parts of us that are difficult to accept. C. G. Jung calls shadow, the hidden contents between ego and unconscious wherein one recognizes external terrors as originating within and created through projection. A confrontation with the feelings that one is or has done the most horrible thing they know may be one of the most valuable, courageous, and uncomfortable stations during the work. Being a curious observer of ourselves, practicing nonjudgment towards ourselves and speaking with a professional are some ways to embrace your shadow self and begin your shadow work journey to unlock the best version of ourselves.