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#shrinkthinks :: Your Shadow Side

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
— Carl Jung

Embrace it and be free.

We avoid our shadow selves by projecting onto others what we most reject about ourselves. We "split-off" or dissociate important aspects of ourselves, our unconscious thoughts, impulses, feelings and drives. In doing so, we develop as poorly integrated humans, out of balance, creating more acceptable (or so we imagine) "personas of light." To our detriment. Our repressed shadow self can become a destructive force, unconsciously driving our behaviors, our lives. What are your fears about connecting to your shadow?

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.
— Carl Jung

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a is a licensed psychotherapist and a consultant, with extensive training and experience and is a therapist and consultant to high-profile clients in NYC and worldwide. She is an EMDR Therapist, Relationship Expert + Stress/Anxiety Coach who provides psychological consultations in-person and online working with individuals and couples. Specialties include: trauma resolution, addictions, anxiety, depression, relationships, creative, VIP + high-profile clients. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, travel and really good key lime pie. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal website or blog.