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Exploring the Shadow: Instincts in “Wolf” (Part II)

Some of us tend to romanticize babies, but we can see when they’re frustrated they get angry and can bite, hit, throw a tantrum or simply take what they want. They need to be taught not to do those things and to be considerate of others; in other words, to be socialized. Through being socialized, we come to think of certain traits as bad, primitive, and even taboo: greediness, gluttony, lust, wanting, selfishness, impulsivity, overindulgence, appetite, desire, anger. As “untamed” children, many of these aspects were civilized out of us. We had to learn “manners.” We learn to behave ourselves and accommodate to the external reality. In the film “Wolf” we get to look at instincts and civilization.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    The shadow was defined by Jung, Freud’s contemporary of which he integrates in his work. The wolf is a great

    example, in every day life we may present as the ‘light’ a good parts we want people to see, but not always the case.


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