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How the Shadow takes control of group behavior

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM

This series on the Shadow is long and complex precisely because the Shadow has so many subtle ways of influencing our lives and can be very difficult to recognize and manage. But when the Shadow is activated and begins to gain power over our behavior in groups, the damage that results can be extensive.

I once observed a community project that was destroyed by the unchecked presence of the Shadow. Two groups from different perspectives had come together to try to collaborate on a new ini...

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The Shadow: How to recognize your own Shadow

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM


Previous posts have addressed the definition of the Shadow (the hidden repository of all the repressed and denied parts of your self), how it forms, and the

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4 Things some doctors still get wrong

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM

One of the greatest benefit...

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The Shadow: Where does it come from?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Our discussion of the Shadow next turns to the question of how the Shadow arises. Rather than give a complicated psychological explanation for the Shadow, let’s just say that it represents the unconscious aspect of the self that forms at the beginning of development.

In a sense, the Shadow is a protective mechanism for the developing child because it stores all of ...

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End-of-life movie review: Terms of Endearment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM


I have never forgotten the impact “Terms of Endearment” made on me when I first saw it nearly 30 years ago. I was young and single, had never had children and had never lost someone close to me other than my grandparents. This movie stunned me and confro...

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The Shadow: What you don't know about yourself can destroy you

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Have you ever experienced behaving in a w...
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The Shadow: Why some nice people turn you off

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 20, 2012 at 2:05 AM

  Have you ever been around a seemingly nice person, someone who does all the right things, but who leaves you feeling uneasy inside? Have you found yourself reacting negatively to someone but have no idea why you feel that way?

Once when a friend and I were taking a yoga class together she nodded toward another woman in the class and said, “I don’t like her.” I assumed that she...

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Forgiveness part 4: The weight of unforgiveness

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 8, 2012 at 2:30 AM


Finding a way to forgive a person who has caused harm can be one of the most difficult tasks in life to undertake, but also one of the most important. This 4-part series examines why forgiveness is necessary,

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Forgiveness part 3: the forgiveness garden and other rituals for letting go of resentment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 8, 2012 at 2:25 AM


Finding a way to forgive a person who has caused harm can be one of the most difficult tasks in life to undertake, but also one of the most important. This 4-part series examines why forgiveness is necessary, how to reach a state of forgiveness, rituals that support forgiveness, and the consequences of unforgiveness.

Many indigeno...

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Forgiveness part 2: how to forgive using the 4-View Process

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 8, 2012 at 2:20 AM


Finding a way to forgive a person who has caused harm can be one of the most difficult tasks in life to undertake, but also one of the most important. This 4-part series examines why forgiveness is necessary, how to reach a stat...

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