Swallowing Shadow: You can either be good or whole, but not both- C. G. Jung.

"The first duty of the ethically-minded person is, from Jung's psychological perspective, to become as conscious as possible of his or her own shadow. The shadow is made up of the personality's tendencies, motives, and traits that a person considers shameful for one reason or another and seeks to suppress or actually represses unconsciously. If they are repressed, they are unconscious and are projected into others. When this happens, there is usually strong moral indignation and the groundwork is laid for a moral crusade. Filled with righteous indignation, persons can attack others for perceiving in them what is unconscious shadow in themselves, and a holy war ensues. This is worse than tilting at windmills, and it ends up being morally reprehensible in its own right.
     A careful examination of conscience and of the personal unconscious is therefore the first requirement if one seeks seriously to do something about the problem of evil. This self-examination is itself an exercise in moral awareness. To see one's own shadow clearly and to admit its reality requires considerable moral strength in the individual. It also requires the prior attainment of moral consciousness, of the ego's ability to make moral discriminations. This is not a given. There are individuals who do not reach this level of development, and there are in each of us" as well areas of unconsciousness that function in a similarly blind fashion when it comes to questions of good and evil. The capacity to make ethical judgments and the willingness to make them about oneself as well as others are prerequisites forfurther moral action."

 

Excerpt from article: Jung on Evil / Introduction by Murray Stein with comments by Enrique Pardo on the book "Jung on Evil" [Paperback] C. G. Jung (Author), Murray Stein (Editor)

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Comment by Mark K Warford on September 1, 2013 at 8:05pm
Robert Johnson's Owning Your Own Shadow develops this work nicely.

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