In the psychology of C. G. Jung, the shadow is the unconscious, evil side of human nature.
The shadow is said to be one of the first aspects of the unconscious psyche encountered in Jungian analysis.
Apparently its positive side is expressed through creativity and humor. According to this view, representation of the shadow’s dark tendencies in non-violent, socially acceptable channels (e.g. art, music or controlled ‘acting out’) facilitates mastering them.
Otherwise, Jung says the shadow could conceivably control the ego.
If merely repressed, Jung further says the shadow might find a way through the cracks of the psyche and momentarily express itself in a disturbing manner.
This might account for the cruel actions toward children by Sister Francesca at the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa.
Another version of the shadow comes as a comic strip, pop culture figure, “Only the shadow knows…” And more recently, the Canadian science fiction TV program, Lexx, features ‘His Divine Shadow’ as the archdeacon of darkness.
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