Jung's Shadow

I agree that there are many,many positive traits in our suppressed self, such as "Outside the Box" thinking,maybe the term " that's the way it is", it the gate keeper of the Shadow self,maybe it is the most socially created aspect of our selves,for example the Feminine aspect for a Male in most societies must be suppressed,and our life times are very limited,most people can related to having to make something....just for example,and because I like to build boats, a boat can be for fishing for enjoyment,or fishing to actually for survival, a boat can be built to cross the Sea in order to explore or transport,or to survive,in all cases it must be built as best we can,in order to be Safe.And you have be taught to build boats in the ways of the traditions of your village,tribe-society-. Yet the Sea,is rising to fast to build the boat in the traditional way,Yet you mis-judged the time you had,your already 3/4 complete,building this boat.Now you can see you can not complete it,by following the traditional ways..there isn't Time. I have a stack of plywood,water-proof glue etc. At what point do I forget about "the traditional way" and start building a bunch of water-proof boxes/lash them together in order to "Float"?.. just a thought-me

I think Cognitive dissonance;

      cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.-Wikipedia

      This a element of the Shadow,,to a high degree-my opinion

Forbidden Behaviour paradigm


In the Effect of the Severity of Threat on the Devaluation of Forbidden Behavior (1963), a variant of the induced-compliance paradigm, by Elliot Aronson and Carlsmith, examined self-justification in children.[10] In the experiment, children were left in a room with a variety of toys, including a greatly desirable steam shovel, the forbidden toy. Upon leaving the room, the experimenter told one-half of the group of children that there would be severe punishment if they played with the steam-shovel toy; and told the second half of the group that there would be a mild punishment for playing with the forbidden toy. All of the children refrained from playing with the forbidden toy (the steam shovel).[10]

Later, when the children were told that they could freely play with any toy they wanted, the children in the mild-punishment group were less likely to play with the steam shovel (the forbidden toy), despite removal of the threat of severe punishment. The children threatened with mild punishment had to justify, to themselves, why they did not play with the forbidden toy. The degree of punishment, in itself, was insufficiently strong to resolve their cognitive dissonance; the children had to convince themselves that playing with the forbidden toy was not worth the effort.[10]

Not worth the effort

          This is a interesting "state of mind" we all can maybe relate to,

 When does" Not Worth the Effort " develop in our every day thoughts?, is this a form of "Apathy"?