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O Efeito Sombra

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,284 ratings  ·  200 reviews
O que é a Sombra? Bem, a Sombra é tudo aquilo que não queremos ser, mas somos. É aquele sentimento escondido de todos, e aquele desvio de comportamento que uma pessoa considerada boazinha possui. É o desejo de se entregar ao vício, de explodir, de brigar. É toda a energia que tentamos não ter. Porém a Sombra é parte nossa, é algo bom. Escondida, pode transformar-se em maus ...more
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Published 2010 by Lua de Papel (first published June 26th 2009)
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Michele Harrod
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"... without wholeness, all we can create is superficial change."

" Denial is a false solution."

"Love doesn’t need seeking. Like the air you breathe, it exists as part of nature; it’s a given."

"Big, blown-out fantasies about our lives stem from the pain of our unrealized potential,"

"Those we project on hold pieces of our unclaimed darkness as well as pieces of our unclaimed light."

I gave this book 4 stars more for it's subject matter rather than how it is written. For those of us who find the La
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz Sloan
Sep 02, 2012 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!
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
The Shadow Effect is a short read, with three essay like chapters by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson. The book examines the fact we can never be complete and whole until we address the unsavory aspects of our nature. It varies by person, but some traits we all possess include being judgy, blaming others, acting paranoid, and seeing the world in terms of us vs. them. Chopra addresses the problem like a doctor might, diagnosing the problem and then offering a cure. Ford's tale ...more
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
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
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
Rian Nejar
A strange twist on dualism and psychological metaphor.

The authors, described as "luminaries" in the cover of the book, invent their new form of dualism: light and shadow for a self (that they call "Your True Self" to boot).

Hey - good and evil, angel and devil, 'Deva' and 'Asura,' etc., are taken, and overused, so why not? Besides, such a metaphor will surely resonate with the rather large segment of humanity receptive to such differentiation.

Having split the self (that Chopda, starting his sp
Matt Cantrell
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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.
The book was FANTASTIC for the first two-thirds. That is, until Marianne Williamson came in. Her portion was obnoxious, contradictory, and written poorly.
Kelee Shigart
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a truly educating book on spirituality. I ended up highlighting almost the entire book !
Anissa New-Walker
A wonderful little book for those who are serious about doing the work of balancing their soul.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow and repetitive. I ended up listening to it on audio cd.
Sarah Winch
My biggest criticism of the book is the second section and I hesitated to allow that to affect my rating because although it was painfully redundant to me, it might be just what another person needs to hear.
I highly recommend the audio book version. I would not have made it through the book if I hadn’t listened. The writing is structured like a lecture or sermon and they have more power as spoken word.
This book begins with a section by Deepak Chopra in which he introduces “The Shadow” using Budd
Christine Einsel Haba
I think for anyone that has already gotten a proper idea of their faults or understands the shadow, this book is repetitive and basic. A lot of the terminology still casts the shadow into a diabolical/evil spectrum where they urge you to transcend the shadow as opposed to embracing it. I personally think that some people produce great works by actually exploring their shadow than working to "transcend" it. I don't think it really is something we should work to eradicate or keep in check but I se ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between three and four stars. I picked this up because I like Deepak Chopra, but this book is actually in three separate sections written by three separate authors (I hadn't heard of the other two before). The idea the three authors address is that the more we try to hide or push away our "shadow self," or the inconvenient part of our personalities we wish would stay hidden, the more this shadow tries to take over our lives. The key is to accept the shadow self (the anger, frustration, ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three different authors give you their take on what the 'shadow' is in psychological terms. Much information was given as to what the shadow is, but not enough information to help you get past, through and transform the shadow in your life. This held my attention though (listened to it) and helped me think a bit more about projection and why I do or don't like certain people or their actions.
Thought provoking!!
Robin Fitch
I read this book because I thought it would help me with an aspect of the novel I'm writing. It did, but it also had a good amount of insight for my own emotional life. The three sections by three different and well-known authors approached the subject in a variety of ways, so there should be something of value for everyone. Personally, I found Debbie Ford's section the most helpful, but there were a lot of bits of wisdom to be gleaned from all three sections.
I have mixed feelings on this. As a whole, I really did love it. The ideas behind it, and the 2nd section really hit home and worked for me. Marianne Williamson, however, just made me want to throw my kindle across the room. Too much God stuff for my liking, but it may work for others. This one is good to read if you're trying to determine your underlying motivations for certain behaviors that you are seemingly not in control of.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
I think the overall theories are decent though there were sections that spoke to me more than others. I found it to a be a bit repetitive, though perhaps with a topic like this you have to be to drill the point home. The writing felt a bit hokey at times but that may be my general attitude. Worth reading if you need another way to think through any chronic problems you may have.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did ok with Chopra's and Ford's part. The "shadow effect" I am sure is called something else in other fields or therapies. The "why" you act or react to things always goes back to something in your life.'s always interesting to discover a new way to look at a problem or an uncomfortable feeling.

I did not enjoy Williamson's part at all. Once you add religion you lost me.
Laura Calandrella
The section that Deepak Chopra wrote is extremely good — he blends an excellent mix of science and spirituality to give greater understanding to the origins of the shadow and how to integrate it to be whole. Debbie Ford and Marianne Williamson’s sections are (yawn) a little dry, not very informative, and repetitive.
Jilly Jesson
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Choosing this book to read, absorb and awaken my expanding understanding of myself and humanity was a wise choice at this time of shift, discipline and flow in my life. The earthquake of pain and empathy that I and others are feeling and experiencing now makes complete sense. Read this book and expand your heart, mind and soul.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
“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.” 11 likes
“We have been conditioned to fear the shadow side of life and the shadow side of ourselves. When we catch ourselves thinking a dark thought or acting out in a behavior that we feel is unacceptable, we run, just like a groundhog, back into our hole and hide, hoping, praying, it will disappear before we venture out again. Why do we do this? Because we are afraid that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to escape from this part of ourselves. And although ignoring or repressing our dark side is the norm, the sobering truth is that running from the shadow only intensifies its power. Denying it only leads to more pain, suffering, regret, and resignation. If we fail to take responsibility and extract the wisdom that has been hidden beneath the surface of our conscious minds, the shadow will take charge, and instead of us being able to have control over it, the shadow winds up having control over us, triggering the shadow effect. Our dark side then starts making our decisions for us, stripping us of our right to make conscious choices whether it’s what food we will eat, how much money we will spend, or what addiction we will succumb to. Our shadow incites us to act out in ways we never imagined we could and to waste our vital energy on bad habits and repetitive behaviors.” 3 likes
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