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Jung's Shadow Concept
The Hidden Light and Darkness within Ourselves

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ISBN 9781032187006
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This insightful volume is designed as a series of invitations towards living attentiveness, examining how we all make the ‘other’, through ‘projection’ (blaming and shaming the other outside ourselves), our enemy with whom we prefer not to dialogue.

All of us are faced daily with individual and collective manifestations of the Shadow–all that we fear, despise and makes us feel ashamed. Carl Jung’s concept of the Shadow, emerging as it did from his personal confrontation with the realms of his unconscious self, is one of the most important contributions he made to the understanding of humanity and to depth psychology, that realm where the focus is on unconscious processes. The contributors to this book reframe his concept in the context of contemporary Jungian thinking, exploring how the Shadow develops in an individual’s infancy and adolescence, and its culmination, where collective manifestations of the Shadow are addressed. The book offers a voyage through a series of fundamental Shadow concepts and themes including couples relationships, disease, organizations, Evil, fundamentalism, ecology and boundary violation before ending with a chapter designed to help us integrate the Shadow and hold contra-positions with patience and a tilt towards mutual understanding, rather than being locked in polarities.

This fascinating new book will be of interest to Jungian analysts, scholars, and therapists both in training and practice with an interest in the inner world.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Prologue: The Descent into the Hell of Self Knowledge: The Shadow in Context  1: The Development of the Shadow in Childhood: Shadow Work (Maia's Story)  2: Gender dysphoria, Individuation and the Shadow  3: Disease as the Shadow of the Body  4: On Ageing: Coming Home  5: The Shadow in Literature: Daphne du Maurier's "The Scapegoat"  6: Whose Shadow is it Anyway? Jung and Opposites  7: The Shadow of Darkness, the Shadow of light: Perspectives on the Shadow through social dreaming  8: The Shadow of Whiteness  9: The Shadow in Politics  10: Shadow and Earth: Eco-Psychology and the Future of the Planet  11: Existential threat and large group anxiety  12: The Impact of AI and IT in the 21st Century  13: Fundamentalism, Terrorism and Mindlessness: The Shadow of Thinking  14: Imago Diaboli: The Devil and its manifestations in C. G. Jung's Black Books and Liber Novus  15: Five Perspectives on Evil: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam  16: Sexual Boundary Violation: Betrayal and the Shadow of Therapy  17: Bringing the Shadow towards Light: Approaches to assimilating the Shadow  Appendix: The Shadow

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Christopher Perry studied music before embarking on a career in the talking therapies. He has a long-standing interest in the application of Jungian ideas outside the consulting room. He is the author of Listen to the Voice Within: a Jungian Approach to Pastoral Care, and numerous papers.

Rupert Tower studied psychology, worked in the Arts, and as an applied Social Psychologist and Director of an international qualitative research consultancy prior to becoming a Jungian analyst in mid-life. He has published articles on Social Psychology, Market Research and Jung’s concept of the Shadow in organisations.


"At a time when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Disease, Death – are rampaging around the world, the theme of this work is timely. The Introduction sets the tone as it features the un-concealing of the shadow of the two editors’ Christopher Perry and Rupert Tower – grandson of Daphne du Maurier. Perry’s own contribution is grounded in the solid work by Gabbard and Celenza on boundary violations that addresses those difficulties. There follow other practice-based clinical pieces and chapters on literature and esoterica. Interspersed with these are weighty entries on the hot topics of today, viz., climate change, gender dysphoria, the metaverse, and modern technology. Jung’s Shadow Concept: the Hidden Light and Darkness Within Ourselves investigates the darkest recesses of human existence animating one of Jung’s major contributions to psychology: the Shadow – light and dark."

Professor Ann Casement LP, Professor at the Oriental Academy of Analytical Psychology.

"A most timely reflection by a stellar group of Jungian authors and lay-people shedding light on numerous features of our shadow-rich psyches individual and collective."

Murray Stein (ed.), Jung on Evil