The Shadow | Why We’re More Evil Than We Think | Summary and Q&A

August 18, 2019
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The Shadow | Why We’re More Evil Than We Think


Society's pressure leads to personas hiding dark shadows; Jung's concept of integrating the shadow self is vital.

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Key Insights

  • 🥺 Society's expectations lead to the creation of personas and the repression of undesirable traits.
  • 🤳 Carl Jung's concept of the shadow self represents hidden, dark aspects of individuals' personalities.
  • 🤳 Repressing the shadow self can result in judgmental behaviors and internal conflict.
  • 🤳 Integrating the shadow self through self-awareness and acceptance is crucial for personal growth.
  • 🥺 Acknowledging the shadow self can lead to a more authentic, balanced, and integrated personality.
  • 🤳 The shadow self may contain positive aspects like creativity or taboo interests.
  • 👻 Embracing the shadow self allows individuals to work with their imperfections and achieve authenticity.


It seems like in current society we are excessively concerned with our self-image. But, even though we might think we’ve figured ourselves out, is this really the case? Or are we just showing the world - and ourselves

  • a mere reflection who we truly are? Could it be that we are repressing certain parts of ourselves and that below the surface there... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the significance of personas in society?

Personas are masks individuals wear to conform to societal expectations, concealing undesirable traits and behaviors.

Q: How does Carl Jung define the shadow self?

The shadow represents repressed dark aspects of our personality, often unknown to individuals, leading to judgment and projection onto others.

Q: What can happen if the shadow self is not integrated?

Repressing the shadow can lead to an eruption of suppressed desires and behaviors, potentially causing internal conflict and judgmental attitudes towards others.

Q: How can acknowledging and integrating the shadow self benefit individuals?

By embracing and integrating the shadow self, individuals can achieve personal growth, authenticity, and balance in their personalities.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Society dictates acceptable behavior leading to individuals wearing personas to fit in.

  • Carl Jung's theory of the shadow represents repressed undesirable traits.

  • Integrating the shadow self is essential for personal growth and authenticity.

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