Where there is light, there are shadows.
In psychology the shadow self is what you yourself perceive as dark and weak about yourself, and therefore needing to be hidden and denied. But this depends on your own perspective on life, and your levels of self-esteem.
To be truly healthy and well-adjusted, according to these experts, one must learn to embrace and accept those shadowy aspects of oneself. It is at first an unconscious side. It is only through effort to become self-aware that we recognize our shadow.
Learning about the parts of yourself that you keep in the shadows is often referred to as “shadow work”… the end goal is to accept and show compassion to yourself as you uncover those things you keep buried in the dark.
As a writer, I enjoy exploring the dark side of the characters I create because even the best heroes have a darkness in them. And even the best anti-heroes have light in them. You just cannot have one, without the other.
Discover your shadow self, learn about your darker side – and while you ponder, have a cup of coffee. 🙂