#5: Shadow Integration: Why You Need to Embrace Your Dark Side

Hello! I’m Julian and I’m a Gen Z entrepreneur, software engineer, and podcaster. I am the fusion of an ambitious entrepreneur, a tech whiz, a futurist, a productivity aficionado, and a self-improvement junkie.
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What if much of what you have come to believe about yourself and your morality is not an accurate reflection of who you truly are?

What if your pursuit of the idealized self is causing you to reject your true self?

The “shadow” is a concept first coined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung that describes the dark aspects of our personality that we often choose to reject and repress. For one reason or another, we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like—or that we think society won’t like—so we push those parts down into our unconscious psyches. 

We must explore all aspects of ourselves so that nothing is ever left lurking in those dark spaces of the conciseness. Shadow work is a common approach in psychology that involves taking ownership of the shadow aspect (the dark side) of the self; in doing so bringing it into the light so that is isn’t triggered by other individuals in our life.

This concept is highlighted by the following quote:

No man deserves to be praised for his goodness if he does not have within him, the power to be evil.

What positive benefits can you expect to experience from embracing your dark side? Listen to find out.

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