May 14, 2013

Shadow Aspects

Over the last few days, I was led to the idea of discussing shadow aspects. These are aspects of our personality that we keep hidden, locked away in the attic reserved for insane people, much like the insane wife in Jane Eyre.

Shadow aspects are personality traits we have that we are most likely not even aware of. In fact, we most likely actively deny having these traits. We are firm believers that we are not that kind of person. Some of us try to suppress these and lock them away. Some of us project these traits onto other people. We see them all over, we judge them, we don't understand why people are like that, and we are quite happy to know that we aren't like that. We are wrong. We are projecting our shadow aspects to those around us.