by Robin Robertson
The author, Robin Robertson , , 06/02/97
The Shadow is everything we deny, but need to be whole.
Our conscious personality, the person we think we are, is just a tiny
part of our total psyche. Within the total psyche, there is a desire
for wholeness, which isn't satisfied when our conscious personality
becomes too one-sided. When we deviate too far from the person we are
intended to be, a compensatory figure forms in the unconscious. Famed
psychologist C. G. Jung was the first to recognize this figure, which
he called the shadow, since it forms a dark outline of our conscious
personality. The shadow is a paradox. While it initially appears to
us as loathsome and despicable, it actually contains all our future
potentialities for development. This book will tell how we can deal
with the shadow, and eventually merge with it to become a whole person.