The Dream Book of Self-Knowledge
- the shadow theme is so broad and extensive that people who desire to understand the role of the shadow and evil in the unconscious (in dreams) should read the Shadow archetype that discusses the relationship of the shadow and dreamer in a psychological context.
- dark figures and personifications of the evil of sexless symbols should be considered a shadow, as well as those with sexual features that then symbolize the dark aspect of the instinctual essence of the soul or the dark aspect of the instinctual female component – instinctual anima – or the dark aspect of the male instinctual component – of the instinctual anima.
- this is not something external, but a phenomenon born within us, and it is there that the content must be assimilated; by moving the shadow to an external setting, a person is only cowardly prolonging the painful agony of his negative traits.
- identifying with one's shadow, becoming it: one of the worst images that a person can encounter since he is becoming in his egotism a personification of evil and losing the last moral restraint of his humanity.
- it should be understood and later assimilated; only in this is the person's path to the emotional and spiritual level of experience confirmed.
- it reflects the temptation, moral struggle or psychological conflict between the dreamer's desire for a better life and the past repressed component of his being (shadow) for a single person – to improve his own mental and spiritual aspect.
- of an object: symbolizes its negative content.