There are no taboo subjects in the therapy room. It is a place where it is appropriate to speak about all thoughts, feelings and experiences.
“Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”
Psychotherapy is a place where people can begin to explore and reintegrate shut off parts of the self in a nonjudgemental non-shaming environment.
When Shame stops as owning our ‘shadow’ not only do we miss a vital part of ourselves, but that part can seem more and more terrifying. Sometimes this leads people to Project their shadow on to others. I.e. ‘I would rather see you / that group as being bad and shadow like than admit my own uncomfortable feelings.’
Jung also said, “the shadow is the seat of creativity.”
I believe owning an understanding our own ‘shadow’ helps us be both more robust and compassionate with others.