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Starting Shadow Work: Bringing the Darkness to Light

Amanda Tamane

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Starting Shadow Work: Bringing the Darkness to Light

Shadow work is a hot topic right now, and for good reason! But what is shadow work exactly?  Shadow work is based on analytical psychology posited by Carl Jung. He stated that the human psyche is made up of the self, the persona, the shadow, and the anima/animus. The persona is the outward face we show the world, and can be called a "mask" that we use to conform to what we think we should appear like to others. The anima/animus is the "opposite sex" mirror of our biological sex, for example traditionally "masculine" tendencies in women, or a man's "feminine side." (This...