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Find Out Your Shadow

Engaging in Shadow Work can be remarkably productive, yet it often presents a formidable challenge. To help you establish a connection with this elusive yet profoundly rewarding aspect of the Self, here is a framework.


The term “Shadow” was originally coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the concealed, darker facets of the human psyche. Think of the Shadow as an archetypal entity residing in the unconscious, harboring the neglected and unprocessed aspects of the Self, including the life experiences we choose to overlook for the sake of survival.

Every individual possesses a Shadow (in truth, we may have more than one). Similarly, everyone possesses an Ego, which represents our conscious identity, often rejecting the Shadow. When the Ego represses the Shadow, it has no alternative but to manifest itself through “acting out,” projecting its hidden qualities onto the external world, or causing turmoil akin to a child’s tantrum, seeking attention.

Shadow Work is the process through which the Ego decides to acknowledge and incorporate the Shadow. Until this integration takes place, we find ourselves in internal conflict—a house divided. As a testament to the potent influence of the Shadow, Jung aptly said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Furthermore, Shadow Work serves as a foundational tool that enriches and augments every other tool at your disposal.


My deep appreciation for the Shadow stems from two main reasons. Firstly, I have an affinity for the underdog. Secondly, it has always been evident to me that the Shadow represents an untapped treasure trove. Embracing your Shadow provides a means to harness the dormant potential within yourself, a power universally accessible, relatively straightforward to tap into, and demanding only a willingness to endure discomfort.

Oh, there’s a third reason. Deep within, I hold the belief that unearthing our individual Shadows serves as an antidote to our collective tendency to assign blame and scapegoat others. In my perspective, acknowledging the Shadow is both a universal right and responsibility, as well as a key to self-regulation and flow.

I have supported individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds and personality types in their Shadow Work, including hedge fund managers and real-estate magnates seeking performance enhancement, actors and writers delving deeper into their creative processes, and seekers striving to heal, mend relationships, and fulfill their potential. In all these cases, regardless of whether the person leaned towards being “left-brained” and rational or “right-brained” and creative, Shadow Work yielded substantial returns.

Here are some inspiring accounts of individuals I’ve worked with who embraced their Shadow, revealing the profound rewards for those who summoned the courage, stamina, creativity, and patience to engage with their Shadow:

  • An athlete in a performance slump achieved a series of personal records when he welcomed his Shadow into his training routines.

  • A fund manager, guided by his Shadow, made remarkable financial gains by learning to say no and disappoint others when necessary.

  • A writer overcame writer’s block and secured a substantial book deal by heeding her Shadow’s creative prompts.

  • Another writer transformed her long-shot feminist screenplay into a project featuring A-list talent by honoring her Shadow’s unique creative processes.

  • A tech start-up executive, predominantly analytical in nature, found purpose and created value beyond financial success by allowing his Shadow to guide him.

  • A young woman, whose marriage ended during the early stages of the pandemic, repaired her relationship by reconciling with her shame-laden Shadow.

Shadow Work, as these accounts illustrate, offers tangible benefits to those who are willing to engage with this sacred and enigmatic facet of themselves. It can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery.

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