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What is the human shadow / Inner children & what is shadow integration?

The shadow - what do I mean when I write about the shadow?

The famous psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology Carl Gustav Jung coined the concept of the shadow.

According to Jung, the shadow can be divided into the personal and the collective subconscious.

The shadow is all parts of us - also called inner children- personally and collectively, positive and negative, that we consciously or unconsciously reject in ourselves and / or others. Attributes we don't want to have, which we say don't belong to us.


It can be things like: jealousy, greed, envy, shame, the list is endless. Many of our positive parts are also pushed into the shadows.

What happens to things, thoughts, emotions that get suppressed? They often get stronger and can then break out with full force. This can manifest itself in the form of life crises, psychological or physical problems.


It is  important to understand that not only negative things are hidden in the shadows, but also many positive characteristics and aspects.

Shadow work is about recognizing these positive as well as negative parts in oneself and integrating them. It is important to raise these parts into the light of consciousness in order to become "whole".


Shadow integration is used, among other things, for:

  • Burn-out

  • Depression

  • Panic attacks

  • Negative spirals of thought

  • Emotional / psychological blockages

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