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The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,529 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
In this groundbreaking exploration, three New York Times bestselling authors—Debbie Ford (The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Why Good People Do Bad Things), Marianne Williamson (The Age of Miracles, A Return to Love), and Deepak Chopra (Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment)—deliver a comprehensive and practical guide to harnessing the power of our dark side.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by HarperOne (first published June 26th 2009)
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Michele Harrod
Jul 28, 2011 Michele Harrod rated it really liked it
Isn't it strange, when you have a book on your shelf for quite some time, and suddenly the spine seems to glow and call out to you "pick me, pick me". This happened with The Shadow Effect, so it went into my travel bag when I was packing for a holiday last week. I then came across the author Marianne Williamson, but could not find the book title concerned, on line. Turns out, she is a contributing author in this book. What can I say about The Shadow Effect? Firstly, I think it should be a text-b ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Ileana rated it it was ok
Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I found Deepak Chopra's section somewhat useful, deep, and thought provoking. Debbie Ford's section was very repetitive, light, and not that useful, although she did make me think more about the idea that we are walking mirrors. What we like or dislike in others are the very things that we like or dislike about ourselves. I really enjoyed Marianne Williamson's portion.

It also got me thinking in the fact that not only do we need to take care of our phy
Nov 04, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
I listened to this book as an audio book while I rode my stationary bike in the living room. I'm not against counting audiobooks on Goodreads, so I will. :P

I very much enjoyed this book. It gave some great insight into the human psyche, and confirmed things about people in general that you were always hoping were true. We all have a dark side, and it threatens continuously to destroy us.

The book was read by its authors, and it was well read and interesting. I thought Debbie Ford's voice was a l
Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
My first audio book...recommended and borrowed from a love one.

I really connected with the first two speakers of this book (I will talk about Williamson shortly).

Both Chopra and Ford showed us aspects of ourselves that we are all familiar yet so many of use choose not acknowledge. Our negative thoughts, our less than great qualities, projecting blame or negative comments on to others as well as self judgment... these are aspects of our shadow. This book helps us determine why we act the way that
Jul 20, 2010 Chantelle rated it liked it
I initially chose to read this book to help me understand someone else but, as you might expect, it required that I look inward and to accept others as they are and let them deal with their own shadows. The section written by Marianne Williamson is the easiest to absorb; Deepak Chopra's had the most depth but required more concentration; Debbie Ford's section was the most confessional or personal but I also found it the most frustrating and did not really feel like I got much out of it. I liked ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Caramia rated it really liked it
Took me a while to read this small book. But all books take me a while, which is contradictory as a librarian, no time to read. I did enjoy though. Each had something a little different to offer. Debbie Ford uses the word 'God' a little too much for my tastes, but they all agree on the same points, just as most religions do, when you get to the nuts and bolts. 'Accept my dark side, even embrace it. Don't run, don't ignore. Let it pass through you.' Perhaps easier said than done, but what else ha ...more
Matt Thias
Jan 04, 2015 Matt Thias rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There's a lot of information in this book, written in three parts by individual authors of differing perspectives. The first is written from an Eastern perspective, the second from a Western psychological perspective, and the third from a spiritual perspective. It took me until the end of the book to understand the value of all three, even though the second section held the most value for me.

The central thesis is that as humans we tend to push away the "bad" parts of ourselves out of fear or a
Oct 13, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-age, self-help
Very interesting, and a worthwhile read/listen. The format is in three parts, written and narrated by three authors, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson. Each brings a different aspect of the the Shadow to light (as it were), with their own spin on the subject. Chopra has a structured plan for dealing with the shadow aspects of the personality, with insightful analysis drawn from both his Indian philosophical roots as well as modern psychology. Ford seemed less sophisticated, but ...more
I give this 5 stars because it is very well explained, and is powerful wisdom relevant to everyone.

We are all caught in a dualistic world, between what we see as good and evil, god and the devil, saint and sinner, light and shadow. But if we embrace ourselves and see all these as belonging to us (although not us), then we can come into wholeness and better appreciate that our shadow sides are not to be suppressed but that they have valuable lessons to teach us. Our shadows can serve as guides f
Jan 29, 2016 Griselda rated it liked it
With self-help books, I prefer the audiobook version. That way I can have something to focus on other than road rage due to heavy traffic.

I got a lot of insight on the human way of thinking, and acting and this book helped me come to grips with that. I won't go into too much detail but I did see a difference in the way I thought of the world after reading this. I started noticing my patterns and my reactions (I may not have changed them, but still, awareness is a good first step). One of my fav
May 07, 2016 Summers rated it really liked it
I listened to only Deepak Chopra's chapters. I tried listening to the other two but couldn't connect.

Interesting concepts that are applicable to me. It took awhile to get to the point that I could understand what the shadow effect really was without trying to discount it religiously. The ideas are good; the gospel is better, but they are not mutually exclusive.

My favorite quotes:
(1) In dealing with someone else's incorrect behavior, like rudeness or anger, "The level of the problem is never the
Jul 28, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok

I was a little disappointed in the book - maybe my expectations were too high - maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset when I read it.

I felt like each author discussed the "shadow", and gave some anecdotal stories to prove its existence, but I didn't walk away with any practical ideas on how to make the book useful for me.
Lizzie Sloan
Sep 02, 2012 Lizzie Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing, thought-provoking book. I already love Debbie Ford's work on the shadow in her book 'Courage' and combined with Marianne Williamson's strong writing about truth and love this was an amazing book to read with some awesome tools to put in place in your own life. Can't wait to read it again already!
Jun 13, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best guide to understanding both myself and other people I have ever read. And when you're done, you'll find yourself going through life a little lighter. No one around you changes, but you change. Your experience changes and that makes your life infinitely better and happier.
Aug 08, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an audiobook read by the authors. I both liked and disliked having 3 different authors covering 1 subject. On the one hand, I wanted a lot more information for each author and I felt that sometimes what they wrote was a little contrived to stay with the theme. On the other hand, having the unique perspective of each on the same topic was enjoyable too. I'm not sure I like audiobooks as well as regular books because there were a lot of great quotes that I had to keep going back to write ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
The Shadow Effect explores that which most of us have hidden and tried to contain within ourselves. That part of yourself that you stuff down deep in your stomach or hide in corners. The reason you get furious with a friend over showing up ten minutes late for your coffee date, overreact to imagined motives or events, or sabotage our success at the worst possible times.

The idea that each author explores through different imagery is that by acknowledging our shadow aspects allows for a better, m
Mar 25, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
The book was FANTASTIC for the first two-thirds. That is, until Marianne Williamson came in. Her portion was obnoxious, contradictory, and written poorly.
Anissa New-Walker
A wonderful little book for those who are serious about doing the work of balancing their soul.
Kelee Shigart
Mar 12, 2012 Kelee Shigart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a truly educating book on spirituality. I ended up highlighting almost the entire book !
Nov 24, 2010 Wendy rated it it was ok
Very slow and repetitive. I ended up listening to it on audio cd.
Alberto Rodríguez
Un buen libro para nuestro crecimiento personal. Muy revelador, ya que enfoca el problema de nuestras emociones negativas desde un punto de vista que podría ser chocante para muchos: no las ocultes ni las repudies, sino abrázalas y sé su amigo/a. Si lo haces, se convertirán en tu mejor maestro y te ayudarán a resolver problemas escondidos que ni conocías.

La primera parte es más científica, donde D. Chopra intenta sentar las bases de estas teorías con datos, razonamientos y ejemplos. La segunda,
Jul 07, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Interesting read, that makes me reconsider what I think of myself. I wasn't keen on the last writer Marianne, because it almost seemed as if she was contradicting the first two. But enjoyed the first two parts written by Deepak Chopra and Debbie Ford.

The takeaway lesson is that you cannot have light without darkness, or happiness without sadness. If we must experience dark to experience light, then there is no point beating ourselves up about our shadows at all. They are as much a part of us as
Aaron Graf
Jul 03, 2014 Aaron Graf rated it liked it
The Shadow Effect is a good book which helps you think about your own actions in life, and also make you think about other situations which have happened. It is almost a piece which helps you reflect on how you have judged, reacted, and pushed through in certain situations, and how you could have improved upon them. I liked the book when it analyzed and broke down specific examples, and helped you decide which alternative actions can be taken to resolve the situation. It also talked about how be ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte ce iti vorbeste despre cum am invatat sa reprimam unele ganduri/sentimente sau comportamente si cum le proiectam in altii, ca apoi sa ii gasim pe ceilalti ca enervanti, agresivi, autoritari..etc.
Cum am intrat singuri intr-un proces, prin poropiile decizii si cum tot noi trebuie sa iesim din el, uitandu-ne la urmatoarele:
1. Nu mai face proiectii. Asa apar superioritatea, injustitia, aroganta, spiritul defensiv, prejudecatiile,gelozia, paranoia)
2. Detaseaza-te si abandoneaza-te: recunoas
Jun 29, 2010 Desiree rated it liked it
Something new from Marianne Williamson, I HAD to pick it up! I was a bit disappointed that her part of the book was so short. Also, I don't think the book was all that well written.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Detachment doesn't show indifference. It shows that you really don't want negativity to stick to you."

"The fog of illusion creates fear. Remove the fear, and what remains is love."

"Whatever we judge or condemn in another is ultimately a disowned or rejected part of ourselves."
Apr 01, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first chapter with Deepak Chopra offered a lot of insight into how we think and how we get wrapped up in our thoughts, our predictions to others, and how we based our decisions. He gives us some great insight on how to develop way to calm ourselves and lessen the effect our thoughts have on us, and how it can take us on negatively. However, for those who do not read a lot on spirituality, consciousness, etc...Chopra's writing might go over some readers head - at some points it did ...more
Oct 09, 2010 Noah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who are afraid of their own shadow
Recommended to Noah by: new book shelf at the library
When I was reading this book, I was a little disappointed in it, but at the same time, I could tell that it was having a positive effect in my life by giving me additional tools to approach my own shadow.

Whereas someone like Gary Zukov would call the shadow "frightened parts of our personality," I appreciated the way that this book emphasized the collective shadow. While I’m always trying to work on myself when something bothers me (as opposed to blaming the other person or situation), sometimes
Joseph Young
Feb 29, 2012 Joseph Young rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1st part: everyone. 2nd part: addicts: 3rd part: those who believe we are inherently good
The first part of this book with Deepak Chopra is great. It offers genuine hidden wisdom about all the ways we give into shadow behaviours without even realizing what we are doing. By acknowledging these lesser than desired behaviours and reactions, we can actively transcend them, and come to better reactions. Chopra provides a short list of such behaviours, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them, a complete package.

The second part of this book with Debbie Ford is only so-so thus far.
Mar 06, 2013 Ashlie rated it really liked it
I have recently begun a jag of trying to be the "best me that I can be" which for me starts with reading. I picked up this book on a whim after perusing the anemic "self help" section at my local Barnes and Noble. I didn't know much about any of the three authors, although I had heard of Chopra, but the concept of having a dark shadow intrigued me.

After reading it, I'm still not sure what I think. The book is separated into 3 main sections, one per author, and follows a progression of explainin
May 08, 2010 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, whoops -- I actually read the book, not the cd...

I have read another book about "shadow work" by Debbie Ford, and liked it, but felt it was a little new age/12-step/course in miracles for my taste. I read this book because I wanted to read Chopra's take on it ... he is a complete sell out, but he is knowledgeable on mind body stuff and eastern religions, and is scientifically minded. For me, his chapter (which was first) gave me the no-nonsense, academic grounding I needed. He went beyond t
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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“We can't fight darkness with darkness. We have to find compassion, and embrace the darkness inside of us in order to understand it and, ultimately, to transcend it.” 4 likes
“The conflict between who we are and who we want to be is at the core of the human struggle. Duality, in fact, lies at the very center of the human experience. Life and death, good and evil, hope and resignation coexist in every person and exert their force in every facet of our lives. If we know courage, it is because we have also experienced fear; if we can recognize honesty, it is because we have encountered deceit. And yet most of us deny or ignore our dualistic nature.” 0 likes
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