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Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life Paperback – February 2, 1999
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The authors attempt to enlighten the reader so that he begins to bring the shadow people into the light. In essence the book is a call for conscious, intentional life. Instead of a mute observer and victim, the authors hope to strengthen the innermost Self so that the voices can be heard, not denied; heeded without dominating.
Like much written from a Jungian perspective, I found this book both frustrating and helpful. References to Greek myths multiply at an alarming rate, but I found that prior knowledge of the pregnant meaning of each myth name was not essential to benefit from this book.
The authors explore family of origin shadows, relationship shadows, shadows in the workplace and the midlife experience of shadow. Four primary defenses against self-awareness of the shadow occur as running themes: money, power, sex and addiction.
It is interesting that there is little or no reference to mortality, aging and legacy shadow issues. Perhaps the ages of the authors (at most 51 years?) has resulted in a less comprehensive view of shadow work. If so, I hope they will update this work in 20 years.
I recommend this work to others, like myself, who are consciously working through midlife questions. This book may open new vistas for these seekers. For those looking for a "how to" prspective, this book will be a disappointment, only nine pages provide practical advice.
look like an idyllic yet unattainable alternative. Advisedly, most of us seek help when such patterns begin to govern our lives and psyches. Unfortunately, many self-help programs, therapies and spiritual paths, while temporarily easing our angst, ultimately do not assist us in our need to move in a different direction. In writing
Romancing the Shadow: Illuminating The Dark Side Of The Soul,
Jungian psychotherapist Connie Zweig and clinical psychologist Steve Wolf have filled this deep void by providing insights, approaches and self-exploratory orientations that to date have not been accessible to the general public. Hailed by such people as Deepak Chopra and Larry Dossey as an important breakthrough, this book delivers what is promised in the first chapter which is called "Introduction to Shadow-Work".
In the past, shadow work has primarily consisted of meeting and confronting the dark side of ourselves and society. Zweig and Dossey take this effective technique one step further by showing us how to learn "to live with it" by realizing that "romancing the shadow", as opposed to fighting or attempting to eradicate it, "is a lifelong challenge".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... fellow Jungian therapists, prospective clients, the Greek Gods ...
Realizing this comes in 17 years after publication, I still get my turn, having purchased the book... Read more
This is an excellent read for all you Jungians out there, or any one interested in self help books and counselors looking to enlarge their repertory of tools for either client... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicole Jarril
One of the best books ever written on Jungian psychology. Easy to read, practical, and with a workbook in the back. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary
This book offers so much information. It is both theory and application with examples. I have sections again and again since there always seem to be something new for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. G
very important, explicit and comprehensible a pleasing reading and open ways for more self enquiring.Published 9 months ago by Rudy Peltz
Shadow work is the hardest and most rewarding work I have ever done - harder than raising children, if that's possible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shelly