Art Journal Therapy Activity # 89 - Integrating Your Shadow

Collage by Shelley Klammer
Collage by Shelley Klammer

This fun journal exercise offers a way to become friendly with your repressed aspects of self and learn more about your emotional needs.

 

Materials:

 

- Journal and a pen

 

Method:

 

"The shadow is created because our ego, constantly trying to control our world, sorts out things that do not fit the picture we have constructed for how to survive and be accepted." 

 

Carol Adrienne

 

Your shadow is the storehouse for all of your unrecognized and repressed aspects of self. Psychologist Carl Jung describes the shadow as all the things inside of ourselves that we do not accept, do not like about ourselves, or do not wish to look at. The shadow begins early in childhood when we start to hide away parts of ourselves that do not fit in with our parents or society.

 

As we go through our lives, we continue to hide away more and more parts of ourselves that do not gain approval and love from others. By the time we reach young adulthood we have developed an outer mask that is finely honed, underpinned by self-rejection and shame, and designed to gain acceptance...