The Shadow Self Explained

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What you deny, you give power. This is a perfect illustration of why Shadow Work is important. The Shadow Self ("dark side" of a person) will not be denied. In the top panel, we see the Shadow growing larger and more powerful as the man runs away from it. This is how narcissistic people spend their lives, and when they decompensate, the Shadow engulfs them. This is a crisis for the human psyche.

In the bottom panel, we see the man embrace his Shadow and because he has faced and accepted it, it is not a threat. It does not disappear, but he has grown beyond it. 

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