C.G. Jung: “Everyone carries a shadow….”


jung-shad0w-man-less-good Alexander-Louis Laloir: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, 1865


Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be.

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.

If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it.

Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications.

But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.

Psychology and Religion (1938)

Collected Works 11


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