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Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity

Mike Nichols

“The unconscious is our best collaborator.”

Director Mike Nichols added, “I try to let the participants [in my movies] have downtime before shooting and after rehearsal, so our secret collaborator can do its work.” [AARP Magazine Jan/Feb 2004]

From post: Collaborating With Our Shadow Side.

“All of us have a dark side.”

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central goes on to explain:

“This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the traits we believe deem us undeserving or unworthy of love.

“You may be judgmental, weak, angry, lazy, selfish or controlling. You may hate this about yourself. Or you might’ve buried these traits so deep you don’t even realize they exist.”

But, she adds, “embracing these negative qualities actually opens the door to happiness, fulfillment and “true enlightenment,” according to Debbie Ford in her book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.

“Our dark sides are part of who we truly are. By uncovering and embracing our shadow side, we become whole.”

From her post Owning Our Dark Sides.

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Psychotherapist David Richo points out, “Our scared and arrogant ego has an enormous capacity not to know itself.”

That can certainly apply to not knowing our shadow self more.

He goes on to quote Carl Jung:

“The shadow is the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide, together with the insufficiently developed functions and the contents of the personal unconscious… [The shadow] also displays a number of good qualities such as normal instincts, appropriate reactions, realistic insights, creative impulses, etc.”

[From his book: Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power & Creativity of Your Dark Side.]

Continued in my longer article: Owning Our Shadow Self.

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Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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APA Reference
Eby, D. (2015). Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 15, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2015/06/using-our-shadow-self-for-creativity/

 

Last updated: 6 Jun 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Jun 2015
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