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Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche

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  • Posted September 17, 2010


    Why does Johnson state that the Shadow is developed during the cultural process? --"we all are born whole and let us hope will die whole. But somewhere, early on our way, we eat one of the wonderful fruits of the tree of knowledge, things separate into good and evil, and we begin the shadow making process; we divide our lives." when Jung [addressing the concept of the Shadow as an archetype] specifically states in "Aion", chapter 3, the Shadow that "whereas the contents of the personal unconscious are acquired during the individual's lifetime, the contents of the collective unconscious are invariably archetypes that are present from the beginning". It appears to me that, if I am correct, Johnson mistakes the basic concept of the Shadow and his book is built on a false premise. I hesitate, as a layman, to make a statement critizing Johnson, but I am confused over what I see as a basic mis-statement of the nature of an archetype and would like someone to tell me why I must be wrong, thanks, John

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    This book has a very clear, easily understood explanation of Shadow. It also sheds very helpful light on romantic love. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Leadership and Emotions Go hand in Mind

    Excellent for leadership development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    A Clear and Elegant Little Book on Shadow

    Author Robert A. Johnson has written (yet another) powerful book with 'Owning Your Own Shadow'. Writing in a clear, elegant style, he has plumbed the depths of Jung's concept of the shadow and emerged with pithy insight for all of us. One of the things I most appreciate in Johnson's work is his accessibility. So many Jungians can intellectualize concepts to a dizzying degree of confusion. Not so with Johnson. His important work is always instantly readable, full of insight and compassion. This guide to recognising one's shadow, honoring it and finally, balancing it within our selves to become more wholly (holy) human is a quiet little masterpiece. Also: Check out his book 'Transformation' for further reading on integrating the shadow at mid-life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Beyond good.

    If you like to think, then you'll love this book. It has something for everyone interested in human development. If you like Tool then you'll like this book. It explains Jungian theory in its own way. It captivates and entertains. Your mind will grow with ideas and wonder.

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    Posted May 27, 2011

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