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Types of Shadow and How to Work With Them

The word “shadow” is liberally used nowadays but do we really understand what we mean by it?

In this conversation with psychotherapist Kim Barta we explore what shadow is and what it is not, the evolution from 1st person to 6th person perspectives, the three key forms of shadow and how to address them, content versus process shadow and matching the release technique to the shadow type.

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In this podcast we talk about:

03:40 Shamanism & contemporary therapy
06:30 Pre-agrarian cultures
09:00 Evolution of symbolism
14:25 What is the shadow
19:00 1st – 4th person perspectives
27:20 5th & 6th person perspectives
35:00 The danger of projection
38:25 Different forms of shadow
44:25 The split ego state
47:15 Engaging with introjections
53:20 Content vs process shadow
56:20 Release techniques
1:05:50 Working with the protector
1:13:50 Matching technique to problem

Resources Mentioned:
Sigmund Freud
Carl Jung
Free Shadow Assessment

About Kim

Kim Barta
Kim Barta

Kim Barta is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and speaker. He works with the entire spectrum of human development from infants to the elderly and specializes in working with advanced developmental level individuals. Kim conducts workshops internationally on human development and the evolution of consciousness. He focuses on practical, embedded, experiential, embodied exercises that make a real difference in people's lives, bringing the mystical to the ordinary for everyday bliss.


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