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Encuentro con la sombra

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En esta obra Connie Zweig y Jeremiah Abrams ofrecen una compilación de valiosos escritos de autores de la talla de C. G. Jung, J. Campbell, K. Wilber, M-L. von Franz, Sallie Nichols, entre otros, que arrojan luz sobre la exploración psicológica y espiritual de la naturaleza humana en su aspecto sombrío, oscuro, negado. Cual Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde que habitan en el interior, ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 28th 2003 by Editorial Kairos (first published 1991)
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Feb 22, 2015 Jonathon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was like 16...It blew the shit out of my ass...Good stuff...I want to read it again in my adulthood, though probably not much has changed since my youth...
Dec 15, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is mind blowing. It's a fascinating lense into the parts of ourselves that we repress and passivly experience through others, not realizing that the traits of others that we wish were are own are indeed our own, we just deny ourselves them due to shame or our upbringing. This book shows you this and teaches you how to open yourself up and own all parts of yourself, balancing the dark and the light. This can open a floodgate of power, confidence, sexiness, and creativity that you didn't ...more
Jānis Kļaviņš
This book moved me. Towards consciousness of the shadow, towards confrontation with it. And it is no lip-service to acknowledging the theory of it - during this week or so that I have been reading it, I have begun to realize the changes in my behaviour that have been inspired by the revelations from the authors of this compilation.

The chapters are different in style and theme, and some of them seemed easier to read than others, but I believe that the ones that seemed easy for me were hard for so
Larsiel Vadamont
Mar 03, 2015 Larsiel Vadamont rated it really liked it
Empezó a interesarme este tipo de temas cuando probé la subsaga de Shin Megami Tensei llamada "Persona". Aparte del propio nombre que tienen estos juegos, que Carl Jung habla también sobre ese tema, sale el concepto de "Sombra" y quería encontrar un poco mas de información.

El libro me ha gustado mucho la verdad y en varias ocasiones, a través de distintos capítulos, se nos da a entender que es la "Sombra" (incluso para una persona que no domina mucho el tema también lo puede entender, ya que se
Mar 27, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely amazing. It is life-changing, it is a book where you will not be the same after having read it. It is a book you will keep and come back to, and with each read you will understand and grow even more. It is a blend of Jungian psychology, existentialism, and philosophy, and it is gathered into a collection of essays that each address the topic in a different manner. This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and I know I will read it many more times in my li ...more
Sep 07, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Shadow, The Other, Anima, Animus, Archetype, Mythological Identity---all powerful elements of the dream and mental underworlds, and all fertile material for the poet to explore in stirring her creative pot, so to speak. This book offers a stimulating array of essays voiced in a range of styles, from the more formal, academic kind to those written from a very contemporary, personal place. Jung’s beliefs concerning the unconscious factor into many of the pieces in this compilation.
Jun 01, 2013 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really hope the interested inquirer won't feel like this subject is taboo. But let's be real, some things that we consider darker parts of our human nature are brought to the pedestal in other cultures than our own. Therefore, I find that it's high-time we form an individual opinion about our own darkness. We must integrate our darker reasoning with our 'lighter' reasoning and accept that we as human beings are only whole in this way, and that there is nothing to be ashamed of it. In an integr ...more
María Paz Greene
Viendo todas las críticas positivas, que son muchas, pienso que debería leer este libro de nuevo.

Me lo compré cuando tenía unos 19 años, en un momento en que me sentía especialmente amenazada, especialmente empujada a no ser yo misma. No es fácil crecer y descubrir que uno jamás puede complacer a todo el mundo. Es aún menos fácil crecer y descubrir que a veces uno se deja uno último en la lista y que NO SIRVE DE NADA porque el lado oscuro, y real de uno... es lo más íntimo quizá, lo más importan
Kay Rosko
Nov 14, 2015 Kay Rosko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meeting the Shadow is a compelling, life-altering thrill that forces you to confront the liar, the criminal, the murderer, the thief, and the manipulator that lives in each of us. The term "shadow", seeping from observations made by Freud and Carl Jung, refers to the part of the personality which has been repressed into the unconscious for the sake of the ego ideal. Human adaptation to society requires the creation of an ego - an "I" - to serve as the organizing principle of our growing consciou ...more
Dave Bones
Feb 06, 2013 Dave Bones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Darth Vader title behind which is a really surprising book if you are struggling with inner blackness. A whole load of stories on various themes which collectively point in the same sensible direction. Need to read it a few times for it all to go in. You can't borrow mine.
WHEW! This was an eye-opening and intense read. I defy anyone to read it without running smack dab into her Shadow. The minute I finished the book, I made an appointment with my therapist, who I haven't visited in over a year. My Shadow was showing up left and right, and I was at a loss about how to relate to her. I'm not complaining. I happy to get acquainted with this aspect of self. That's why I read the book, but I'm not a therapist, so I was applying what I read only to myself. It was big b ...more
Serena Jade
Meeting Your Shadow is an excellent book! The book contains a number of different authors and their knowledge on meeting the side of your ego you don’t want to identify with!

When we are young, we are told what is acceptable so we repress the exact opposite (our shadow), and hence, we have created our personality. Our personality develops an ego which acts as a stabilizer for us. As we live our life, we try to fit in with our family and with society, and we end up adopting certain behaviors. This
Jun 22, 2015 culley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the quack in every doctor, pornography as the mythology of chauvinism, political power as covert coercion in order to avoid spiritual growth, the false prophet in every priest, the demonic side of sexuality, the notion that we are healthier when we are sick, your partner as your opposite, forgiveness as an act of faith, shifting our intrapsychic problems to interpersonal conflicts, Christ as the christian scapegoat, daughters creating mothers, the betrayed provoking rejection, ...more
Steve Woods
Well this one enters the list of the top ten books to have influenced my life. Reading this really opened my eyes to the workings of the human mind and exposed to me the spurious basis for all my certainties. It reinforced the Buddhist view that I am the source of all my suffering, though the point was put in quite a different way. After 8 years of Buddhist practice and a wide ranging curiosity about the views of western psychology and how the two inter relate, I seem to have found the niche tha ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important books I have ever stumbled upon.
Julia Smedley
Jan 13, 2010 Julia Smedley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of the way in which Jung's concept of the shadow not only needs to be resolved in the individual to give this person an honest, comprehensive, and more insightful relationship to themselves and the world around them. There are also several chapters and sections on projecting the collective shadow which makes us crave enemies or even war, and how this kind of projection can be undone on a signifant number of people simply by understanding how this process works.
David Anderson
Nov 04, 2012 David Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is undoubtedly my favorite resource on the shadow--a fascinating and very insightful aspect of Jungian psychology. I recomend it to anyone who is trying to make sense of the many tensions, conflicts, and struggles of life, whether global, national, local, family, individual, or any other level of interaction. Also to those who are trying to learn more about themselves, and the problems within their own lives, or who are just simply trying to better themselves.
Emily Marks
This book is in my personal top 5. I found it very engaging and accessible due to well thought out categorizing and indexing of the various subtopics of shadow e.g. Part 1: What is the Shadow?... Part 5: The Shadow of Achievement - The Dark Side of Work & Progress. This book is a collection of essays and extracts from reknowned writers on the subject of shadow e.g. Robert Bly, Marsha Sinetar, C.G Jung, Joseph Campbell, Karen Signell and Ken Wilber.
Aug 06, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know why you see yourself, other people, the family and the world the way you do, then you need to read this book. It is hard to impress me, but this is the best Psychology "know yourself" book I have ever read. It was a slow read and has a lot of varied ideas about your Shadow, Id, Subconscious, or Alter Ego and how to deal with it/them. But, it was extremely enlightening and I will never see people in quite the same light again.
Dec 10, 2008 Kenney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the many essays throughout this book on varying topics with one subject at hand, to meet the shadow in our own lives, in our relationships with others, and society at large, and hopefully to give a peek into the unconscious behaviour that is happening on the globe at this time, to become Aware of what it is we are really projecting out into the world onto others, to own it, and to not misuse this powerful force.
Dec 30, 2014 Sylvia rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, psicologia

Muy buen libro, a pesar de la complejidad que tiene de vez en cuando me pareció muy bueno y útil para todas aquellas personas interesadas en a psicología o aquellas que quieren reencontrare consigo mismo.

"Todo lo que reprimimos nos debilita hasta el momento en que descubrimos que también constituía una parte de nosotros mismos. ROBERT FROST"
Sep 06, 2015 Louis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful poetry.
A journey into the dark side of human nature which is unpleasant but somehow oddly captivating.
Coming out of it you have a feeling of being much more at peace with the world as it is and feel like any delusions and pretenses at perfection you have about yourself or the human race have less weight to them
Loving it so far! Just finished it. Awesome book! 65 essays from great authors on the Shadow. I can't recommend this book highly enough! Gives you a full and complete understanding of the Shadow from so many different perspectives. Each essay is about 2-3 pages long so its very easily digestible.
Dec 13, 2015 Pilar rated it liked it
Pese a que, en global, me ha interesado, ha habido temas que personalmente no me han interesado nada en absoluto. Lo positivo es que, como se trata de una compilación de artículos agrupados en temáticas, te los puedes saltar cuando el tema no te interesa.
Julie Canterbury
Aug 04, 2008 Julie Canterbury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: My Professor
This book gave me an insight on my baggage and the things that we project on others because we have not delt with them in our lives and we judge them in otheres. It was a book that we had to read for school but i loved it and would definally recommend it.
David Corbett
Feb 28, 2013 David Corbett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jungian in bent, a much more interesting exploration of our propensity for damage than the Mark Larrimore volume, The Problem of Evil, and far less judgmental than The Criminal Mind or The Psychopathic Mind, or as self-help sappy as The Sociopath Next Door.
Jul 07, 2010 Ladyastarte584 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have learned a lot about tools to deal with dealing with your Shadow Self and self acceptance and finding positive power from your shadow self and then choosing to be in control and not let the negative aspects of your shadow self be in control.
Ernesto Yip
Oct 06, 2013 Ernesto Yip rated it it was amazing
Este poderosisímo libro acerca de la Sombra, un componente de nuesta mente, nuestra sique, visto desde el punto de vista junguiano. Altamente recomendable, aún a pesar de su tema intenso, y su lenguaje centrado en conceptos psicológicos, muy útil.
Marcy Winograd
Sep 08, 2012 Marcy Winograd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essayists from Jung to Bly examine the dark side, both on an individual and collective level.This is a book that can be re-read throughout one's life to gain greater insight into the shadow side and to diffuse threats to global peace.
A really good exploration of the shadow archetype and its various manifestations.
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“The Taoists realized that no single concept or value could be considered absolute or superior. If being useful is beneficial, the being useless is also beneficial. The ease with which such opposites may change places is depicted in a Taoist story about a farmer whose horse ran away.

His neighbor commiserated only to be told, "Who knows what's good or bad?" It was true. The next day the horse returned, bringing with it a drove of wild horses it had befriended in its wanderings. The neighbor came over again, this time to congratulate the farmer on his windfall. He was met with the same observation: "Who knows what is good or bad?" True this time too; the next day the farmer's son tried to mount one of the wild horses and fell off, breaking his leg. Back came the neighbor, this time with more commiserations, only to encounter for the third time the same response, "Who knows what is good or bad?" And once again the farmer's point was well taken, for the following day soldiers came by commandeering for the army and because of his injury, the son was not drafted.

According to the Taoists, yang and yin, light and shadow, useful and useless are all different aspects of the whole, and the minute we choose one side and block out the other, we upset nature's balance. If we are to be whole and follow the way of nature, we must pursue the difficult process of embracing the opposites.”
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