SPIRITUAL TERMINOLOGY AND MEANINGS

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Shadow Self

What is the shadow self?

The term shadow self is derived from Jungian psychology and refers to the totality of the unconscious aspects of our identities.

  1. an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. Because one tends to reject or remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely negative, or…
  2. the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. 

Unconscious negative aspects of the personality may refer to buried trauma, subconscious self-limiting beliefs, or subconscious cultural belief systems and attitudes. 

It is important to note that positive aspects of the self may also be buried within the shadow. Those with low self-esteem may have difficulty identifying positive traits in themselves, and as such, those traits would be considered to be a part of the shadow, or unconscious self.

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