chapter  Chapter Two
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First Shadow, then Anima, or The Advent of the Guest

Shadow Integration and the Rise of Psychology
WithWolfgang Giegerich

Gaining a real knowledge of the shadow is what marks the apprenticeship in psychology as being completed. Jung often referred to the process of getting to know the shadow under the label of “integration of the shadow.” If the entire task of integrating the shadow must be viewed as an apprenticeship, and if the realm of the anima, and thus of soul, begins only afterwards, the implications would be shocking. The body clearly consists of distinct organs: heart, lungs, liver, and stomach. In a similar way, the psyche is frequently imagined in Jungian circles as consisting of ego, shadow, anima/animus, self. The full integration of the shadow involves passing through all of these steps, acquiring in each one something new. The shadow has been integrated a little more and is found within the Christian family. The shadow is delegated to the black sheep, the witches, and heretics.