- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (May 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781570624445
- ISBN-13: 978-1570624445
- ASIN: 1570624445
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power & Creativity of Your Dark Side Paperback – May 11, 1999
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"Our scared and arrogant ego has an enormous capacity not to know itself," says Esalen Institute psychotherapist David Richo. The shadow self, the dark side of the personality, is hidden in the psyche. Others often see it, but we do not. As Jung says, "The shadow is the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide, together with the insufficiently developed functions and the contents of the personal unconscious....[The shadow] also displays a number of good qualities such as normal instincts, appropriate reactions, realistic insights, creative impulses, etc." Richo has written an enormously useful book in which he introduces the reader to the conscious persona and the subconscious shadow. Unlike other practitioners, he includes conscious but negatively perceived traits in his definition of the dark side, plus undiscovered or unused positive traits. By helping the reader to befriend the shadow self instead of projecting it onto others in dysfunctional or destructive ways, the author performs a profound service, freeing emotional and creative resources through which we can manifest brighter, healthier lives. --P. Randall Cohan
"Deep and spiritually challenging."—Spirituality & Health
"David Richo has written a big book, much more than a book on the shadow and its context. Shadow Dance is a poem, a paean to the psychological life, written with a great sense of culture and depth. My world has been enlarged by reading it."—Jeremiah Abrams, author of The Shadow in America and coeditor of Meeting the Shadow
"As useful a self-help book as one is likely to find."—Huston Smith
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Richo did not disappoint. His style is scholarly, yet very warm and immanently readable! I had dipped into this subject of "befriending the shadow" years ago, with a great book called No Enemies Within by Donna Markova.
Richo's book takes it all further, providing exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader contemplate and practice facing the personal shadow. He makes the cardinal point that all those neglected corners of ourselves, both positve and negative, have the power to make us more complete and compassionate humans. However, all the navel gazing in the world avails us of little, unless it enables us to become an active agent of good in the world.
I highly recommend this little gem of a book. Happy embracing and integration, brave and crazy fellow explorers of the Self!