Carl Jung and the Shadow-The Demons Within

Carl Jung and the Shadow-The Demons Within

Carl Jung

Perhaps one of the greatest psychologist of the 1900s was Carl Gustav Jung.  He was a man who pushed the barriers of what was modern psychology at the time.  Of the many psychologist, he was one of the very few who got to study under Sigmund Freud, and yet, still remain a deeply spiritual person.  Jung founded the ideas of the Archetypes and the Collective Unconsciousness.  He also expanded upon the Individual Unconsciousness, which he had learned about under his teacher, Sigmund Freud.  In this article I’d like to go over Carl Jung and the Shadow self, which pulls together both the Collective, and the Individual, Unconsciousness, and show how this relates to the ‘Occult and the Psyche.

The Collective Unconsciousness

The Shadow hiding from the World, wanting to come outThe idea of the Collective Unconsciousness almost exclusively belongs to Jungian Psychology.  Carl Jung believed that it was not only the body that evolved over millions of years, but also the human psyche.  This evolution caused humankind to suppress certain aspects of the self, and uphold other aspects.  Within the Collective Unconsciousness, which is the Unconsciousness of the human race in general, we find the Archetypes, and the Shadow.  In a later date we will look at the Archetypes, and see how they relate to the Occult.  For now, it is fitting to know that what humankind has termed as Gods and Goddesses can be found in the Collective Unconscious as Archetypes.

The Shadow is the other part of the Collective Unconsciousness.  What makes the Shadow so different though, is the fact that it is also part of the Individual Unconsciousness.  It does have a counterpart, and I believe that to be the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel, which actually happens after a person has reached Self-Actualization, or to use a Jungian term, individuation.  Again, this will be a topic that will be discussed in later articles.  What is important to note here, though, is the fact that the Shadow is the repressed part of our personality that takes on some of the darker sides of the Collective Unconsciousness.  The qualities of the Gods and Demons that we find repulsive are part of what the Shadow will take on, and because it is an evolutionary part of us, it is hard to overcome that.

Individual Unconsciousness

Individual Unconsciousness is each person’s own unconsciousness, separate from the rest of humanity.  Every person has one, and within it the Shadow Self is suppressed.  This suppression is done because as a societal being, we want to act a certain way to be approved by our peers.  The Shadow is those suppressed personality traits we do not want our peers seeing.

Carl Jung believed that we run into psychological problems when we try and suppress these traits, as we are not being true to ourselves.  The Shadow is, after all, a part of us.  It is not going to leave us just because we do not want it shown to the world.  By accepting the Shadow as just another part of our personality, we take the control it has over us.  This doesn’t mean that we need to act in a way that is consistant with the Shadow personality, but it does mean acknowledging and realizing that those traits are there for a reason.

The Shadow and Persona’s

I have wrote about the Collective Unconscious and the Individual Unconsciousness, now I want to talk about how the Shadow can effect how we have other’s perceive us.  The masks we wear in front of other people so that they do not see who we truly are, are know as persona’s.  The Shadow is part of us that we try to suppress from everyone.  When we are backed into a situation that can cause stress, anger, sadness, or any of the “negative” emotional states, our Shadow self wants to emerge to protect us from any possible threat.  However, because of how we have been taught to act in society, many times we do not act in a way that is consistant to how we feel.  This is the equivalent of putting on a smile even in times of distress so your children do not realize you are so stressed out.

The Mask we wearPersona’s play an important role for us as relational creatures.  However, they are not always what’s best for us as individual creatures.  We should not constantly be hiding our feelings and personalities because of our fear of rejection.  Luckily, there are ways to deal with these issues, and the study and practice of Occultism lead me to realize that.

The Shadow and the Occult

So I have talked about the many problems that can be presented to us through the Shadow.  It may seem like the Shadow is a part of us that is bad, and it makes sense that we would want to suppress it and keep it hidden from the world.  This is not true though.  The Shadow is the part of us that comes out when we are in danger.  It is the part of us that would fight and kill to make sure no one harms our children.  It brings assertivenesss out, and makes great leaders.  However, when suppressed for too long and too often, and can take a number of destructive forces, and some could same demon possession is one of those.

That being said, in the Occult the Shadow can be expressed in a non-threatening way.  This is most often seen in the type of Gods and Goddesses we chose to dedicate a ritual too.  Allow me to give an example from my own life.  I suppress my feelings of Chaos in front of everyone.  I absolutely love Chaotic powers and seeing how people react to Aries personified as the Ramsituations that go out of control.  I would obviously never do something to cause such situations.  So my altar is sometimes set up in a way that I dedicate it to a God or Goddess of Chaos, and I form chants for them.  Set is my favorite.  He was certainly the God of Chaos in Ancient Egypt, and Aries is another.  I also have Hundun from ancient Chinese beliefs.  This helps express my Shadow self in a way that is safe and it ties directly to the Archetypes and the Collective Unconsciousness, in which the Shadow pulls from.  So you see, the possibilities are endless here, and they are harmless!  The Occult has been around for centuries, and I suspect it will be around for centuries more because it ties directly into the human psyche and the needs therein.

Conclusion

I hope this has given some understanding of Carl Jung and the Shadow.  There is a lot of knowledge that Jung passed on to us through his words, techniques and his books.  A simple search on Youtube will show you how influential he has been.  I highly recommend looking deeper into the Shadow, and the Archetypes in general.

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Frater C.P.T (Chaos, Power, Trickster)

52 thoughts on “Carl Jung and the Shadow-The Demons Within

  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for reminding me of the work of Carl Jung. Not from a religious point of view (I don’t know enough to comment), but from the point of view of psychoanalysis and understanding the human psyche

    As a retired teacher who taught, firstly children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, using the work of Jung and others, going on to teach young adults and in the later years before taking early retirement to take up politics I became a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, specialising in helping people with neurotic issues, like anxiety.

    Jung said that we are masters of our own destiny and we should embrace those neurotic thoughts and feelings and learn from them, in my practice that is what I teach.

    It is refreshing to know that young people like you are reading and passing on the teachings and the works of people like Jung and other like-minded individuals (Freud, Erickson, Earl Nightingale, Dale Carnegie, to name of few) who were practising work with the subconscious 100s of years ago, in many different situations and their findings are still forming an intrinsic part of life today.

    If I can be so bold and if you haven’t done so before, please watch the YouTube video by Earl Nightingale – The Strangest Secret, which was broadcast in the 1950s – ‘The trouble with men today, is they simply do not think” – You clearly do. Thank you for your reminder and interesting blog. https://youtu.be/IeaBfM3TdHQ

    1. Thank you for your profound comment. Jung has had a huge influence on my thoughts. I went to college and got a degree in psychology and criminal justice. When I get the money, I am actually going on to get my Master’s in Depth Psychology at Pacifica University. Carl Jung was so profound in my opinion, it was scary how much he know of the human psyche. I am going to watch the video you posted too, as I am really interested in it!

  2. Wow, when I started reading this article I didn’t know it will go that far and deep. Little did I know about Jungian psychology and occult practices, but when I looked at this from the point of view of therapy I realized that this topic totally clicks for me.

    “We should not constantly be hiding our feelings and personalities because of our fear of rejection”. That is SO true, that is the thing I also came to when I am 27 as I began mental therapy. All these years I’ve been someone else, so my Shadow probably is very traumatized and I am only learning how to make friends with it.

    Your practice totally makes sense for me, and honestly I feel the same when you spoke on the Chaotic powers, wow! It’s nice to know you are not lonely in this))

    Thank you for this information, I did not expect it to be that helpful in understanding my own self. Really thank you!

    1. Maria,
      I’m glad you were able to get something out of the article! That was my hope when I wrote it, that it would have a little bit for everyone, whether they have studied psychology and the occult or not. Thank you for the comment!

  3. Thanks for this informative article. I studied Psychology at university. However, I have not come across with the above theories. ‘We should not constantly be hiding our feelings and personalities because of our fear of rejection. ‘ When I was young, I always hid my true feelings in front of friends and families. Now I think it’s better to disclose my true feelings in front of friends and families. I always want to let them know what I think. Shadow is part of us which comes out when we are in danger. If we suppress too much, it will cause a lot of emotional problems. Nice article, Jessie.

    1. Thank you Ty Chan! If you ever get the chance, look into Depth Psychology and Carl Jung. These are good resources to check out when it comes to the Shadow!

  4. Nate Stone

    Hi Jessie,

    Fascinating, I’m fairly familiar with Jung and his psychological work. I covered it as part of my A levels in psychology. I had no idea about his affinity to the occult though. It sounds like he is theorizing here that suppression of thoughts and feelings can lead to them being manifested in other forms.

    1. I think he was! He was a brilliant man, and in some ways, quite scary too. He could pierce into the deepest part of the personality.

  5. Henderson

    Wow, it is the first time that I am learning about the Jungian psychology and I think that it is very awesome. The concept of the shadow and how it can affect us is somewhat scary but like you have said that shouldnt be the thought here. It is a part of us that helps to shield. I see how it relates to the occult too. Nice work here.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much!  I really like like Jungian Psychology.  I feel it offers so much to the everyday person.

  6. Mugalu Mansoor

    Thanks for this article once again. Because for really I enjoy reading your article, so I have enjoyed reading this also about Carl jang and the shadow because I have got to know who Carl hang is and then some of his writings and sayings, I have also got to know how the shadow is sometimes important in our lives and many more. Continue sharing with admin because your articles a so interesting thanks. 

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you so much! I actually am the only admin anyhow, so for now all the articles I post are solely my own opinion!

  7. Jake

    Hi, Carl Jung was a great psychologist in his time. My favorite quote from him is “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” .

    I seen that quote when I was young and it really had an effect on my perspective of life. I have had lots of bad stuff happen in my life (like everyone else) but that quote was saying that none of it had to matter. That I didn’t have to be what happened to me. I could be whatever I wanted to be. 

    I don’t really know much else about him, except that was one of the best and highly appreciated in the academic world.

    Thanks.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      You are welcome!  Thank you for the awesome comment!  He has many great quotes.  He was actually the psychologist who came up with the terms introvert and extrovert.

  8. John

    The shadow is truly the demon within. I have seriously enjoyed this post a lot and I also like the fact that you could make use of carl Jung’s work. You see, I learnt about him from a book on psychology I read a few years ago. I didn’t know about the shadow though. I guess in the end, the shadow is meant to help. I want to know if we are really meant to suppress it or not.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Yes, the Shadow is part of our unconscious that we should acknowledge.  It should never be completely repressed.  

  9. Nimrodngy

    Thank you for all this informations. I want to tell you that my wife finish Psychology University she always wanted to visit the museum of the greatest psychologist in the world. Two years ago we visited Switzerland and she wanted to go in Zurich to visit his museum. I want to tell you that this was excited for us because all the gardens and interior spaces give us a part of his psychologist life. 

    One amazing thing we discovered here was that the central motto for visitors is “Guest at C. G. and Emma Jung-Rauschenbach’s house” . I think he was a true loving person and he liked to had always visitors.

    I wish you good luck and i hope if you have the chance to visit this perfect place.  

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Oh I plan on visiting it for sure!  Thank you for the suggestion!  Carl Jung could pierce into the deepest part of the psyche, and I think it is awesome to see that people still admire him.  I learned about his theories in a game, and then in college I learned that those theories belonged to Carl Jung.

  10. David ben

    Occult knowledge is a very deep aspect that cannot be overemphasized.the deeper you go in the more you discover.i love what you have done With this article.but I don’t really think the shadow is the bad side of a person if feel is a part that is untapped untouched that need to be discovered thanks for enlighten us on this topic it would be of great help toe and the public.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      I don’t think it is a bad side, I think it is a repressed side due to our need to belong to a society.

  11. Rodarrick

    Carl Jung is a legend and he truthfully propounded some things that till now, I always have difficulty in applyng them. Is it safe to assume that Carl is trying to pass across that when we suppress who we are just to receive acceptance and to blend with the norms, it becomes very difficult to become better? or we may end up manifesting it in another way? I would really love to know

    1. Jessie Mosley

      I think he really is trying to say that we can integrate the Shadow into our lives in a healthy way.

  12. Ramos

    Of a truth, Carl jung has really done a lot for us all as humans and also, his theories and ideologies in psychology are great. It is true that we all have the inner lies that we formulate just to suppress somethings about us from letting out to others. Though we still share things with the world but they are limited. this is great and I fancy it a lot. thanks

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you for the awesome comment!

  13. Shelley

    Well! i have heard a little about Carl jung and his theories about psychology and the reasons we should not suppress our thoughts and believes for too long and too much because it may end up being manifested in ways we do not expect. The fear of rejection has made some people to wear a mask and also has ended up leading them to not making the right decisions. Great post here.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much for your comment!  I love reading his writings.  I’m in the process of reading all his books!

  14. Annhariz

    This is the first time I am reading about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. I am not really into the occult. Not brave in that direction, unknown to me.

    Actually in my religion too, we believe that we are born with two accompanying qareens; one who is  Satanic, inciting evil negative behaviour, thus encouraging bad actions and the other more like a guiding angel who encourages good deeds and good behaviour. 

    It is in the interest of public order that the good has to triumph over evil.

    Do you think there are some similarities in the above beliefs?

    Regards, Azizah

    1. Jessie Mosley

      I do think there are simularities and jung would agree that this probably comes from the Collective Unconscious.  I would love to learn more about your religion!  If you ever want to discuss, please let me know!  

  15. PeterMinea

    Hello Jessie!

    I cannot say that I read a lot about psychology matters in my life, and when it comes to deep psychanalists like Sigmund Freud and his disciples (as Carl Gustav Jung was one) I find such themes relatively difficult, and needing some time and patience from us in order to understand their bottom line well.

    And concerning the persona term, it is like a mask that we wear in certain situations of our lives – etymologically speaking, in Latin the term “persona” was just describing a sort of mask, unlike in nowadays’ languages where it is used for naming a real human being (an individual, a guy, a body, a female, a male, a… person). e definately need some study and mind work for understanding the deep parts of our personalities, and this superior understanding should help us control ourselves better.

    Best regards,

    Peter

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you for the great and thoughtful comment!  I would love to see more about the persona and studies on it.

  16. Igor

    I Love Astrology! It is my big passion. Archetypes, Mythology, Collective Unconsciousness and Consciousness, Psychology..all the astrology matters as well. There is also Jung Astrology available and practiced by many astrologers. People were always behind the spiritual and unconsciousness “secrets” and “mystical subjects.”

    Mythology plays an important role in the archetypes of humans behaviors. The collective mind is built over history and it is deeply rooted in the mind of the humans.

    And still, it is so much to discover.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Igor

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Hey thank you about the astrology!  I will actually be looking into that!

  17. Karin Nauber

    Having studied Jungian Psychology in college, your post was a great reminder of the Shadow which I had long forgotten about. (I haven’t been in college for over 30 years!) Still, the relevance of Jung’s work is just as true today as it was when he wrote about it and certainly when I learned about it.

    Your take on how The Shadow comes out in the occult was interesting. How do you see The Shadow play out in other religious forms? For example, I follow Christianity and am curious how you see The Shadow’s role in that religion? How about in an Eastern Religion?

    I find it intriguing to think about the role the Shadow plays in our lives and how it comes out when we need it. You are correct, I think, suppression of the Shadow can cause undesirable outcomes!

    Thanks for your wisdom surrounding the Shadow and Jung’s take on it. I look forward to following your website!

    1. Jessie Mosley

      I think the Shadow could pertain to an under use or over use of a virtue.  I think it was St. Thomas Aquinas that spoke about how sin relates to the over or under use of virtue.

  18. Aly

    Great article / discussion about Carl Jung and the Shadow – The Demons Within. I enjoy thinking about the philosophies and his work. Have you had a chance to read / view Carl Jung’s Red Book? This oversized book has beautifully reproduced texts and artwork (both are stunning, and the artwork is vivid and bright and very moody) and includes an English translation of the texts in the back of the book. It’s not something that a digital copy would do any justice… I highly recommend finding a physical copy of the book to peruse!

    1. Jessie Mosley

      I’ll be reading that book soon.  It’s on my list.  I’m reading his collected works right now.

  19. Kara

    This really hits home for the younger version of myself. I was bullied in grade school/middle school and I found myself more and more throughout growing up suppressing my true self. It wasn’t until I was out of high school and found a group of friends who liked me for me that I truly began to be myself. I really do agree that it can cause psychological problems down the road if you aren’t pulled away from that path in time. 

    I am very thankful that I found the group of people I did that allow me to be my true self. 

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Heck yeah!!  You deserve the dignity that every human being deserves, and I am glad to see you have found better people in your life as well, because you do deserve it!

  20. Benson

    Hello Jesse this happens to be a really nice article and I can remember reading about Sigmund Freud and his works on psychoanalysis which is find really interesting. The human behave is something that can’t be easily understood and a result of the various experiences we have been through. Often I have always thought only the body comes back and it’s surprising to see the human psyche does as well. What a wonderful article .

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much!!!

  21. Bella

    This is very intriguing and the shadow which I have often regarded as not very important in tsh occult way happens to be a part of us I wouldn’t want to stay away from. It’s nice learning about the Jungian psychology here too and Sigmund Freud is one of my favourite psychoanalyst since I was in school. I hope to learn more about the shadow in later time. Cheers.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much!!

  22. KingAndrea

    Its always a good time for me whenever I’m reading through your articles and I always gain a lot of knowledge of the relationship between the occult and the other aspects of life. It’s true that there’s an unconscious part of human, I never understood this fact better before now, thanks to you for making it clear and also about Carl, I’ve read a bit about his spiritual life. It’s nice to read through.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much!  He was a great man in my opinion.  He had a lot of great ideas, and I’m currently reading through all his writings.  They are very interesting.

  23. Hollie Rose

    Fascinating article. I definitely have a shadow, but I’m sure most people do. I think it comes from a lack of confidence that we feel the need to hide parts of us. I find this a really interesting topic, whilst I knew that I hide certain parts of my personality, I didn’t know it had a name. Thanks for introducing it to me!

    1. Jessie Mosley

      You are welcome!  I believe that everyone has a Shadow personality.  They may repress it, or they may become one with it, but it is there, in the unconscious.

  24. R.J.

    Hey Jessie, awesome article. I’ve done research and written papers on Carl Jung, he was a genius when it came to psychology and Sigmund Freud was his teacher who was also brilliant. Incidentally, I’ve always been fascinated with human psychology and the different dimensions of the mind. You did awesome in pointing out the shadow vs. the real; it really puts into perspective about the different sides of the human mind and person in general. Great job!

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you very much!! Jung is my favorite psychologist, and I feel he has so much to offer us in today’s society, with all the issues that are coming up.

  25. Joy gateru

    Thank you for sharing this psychology here, personally I never heard about Jung psychology, but having gone through the post I think it’s somehow it’s defining me, I always have that feeling of holding things by myself in fear that if I disclose it to others they might have another perspective on me, but now I come to realize it’s normal and there is a way out of it, I followed the audio attached to the link and it helped me even if understand more, really appreciate you for sharing such a wonderful article, I am sure to subscribe to your newsfeed to learn more about this and other related articles.

    Thank you.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you so much!!  He was a very wise man, and had a deep understanding of human beings.

  26. Marc

    Hi this was a really interesting Post about Carl Jung. I had no knowledge about Carl Jung or the shadow and after reading your article I have a little bit more of an understanding now. I could really relate to some of the things you wrote. Thankyou for sharing this information.

    1. Jessie Mosley

      Thank you for the comment!  Jung has a wealth of knowledge within his writings if you ever want to check them out!

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