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Carl Jung's Personality Theory

His theory that we each have a darker, less personally and/or socially acceptable makes sense to me. I have struggled to accept my character defects and even love them so their power to shame me and cause guilt and other unpleasant feelings is diminished.

Acknoledging that I have unpleasant defects that cause problems relating with others and prevent me from succeeding in life is the first step towards accepting them, loving them for how well they have served me up to this point then asking them to go away. The interesting thing is they will always be with me, but in a weakened form. I try to simply nod at my darkness and try to move on without punishing myself excessively. EP has been a godsend for processing my feelings. 

Basically, I find other things to do with my time. I need to replace the old acts with healthier ones- more accurate beliefs and greater tolerance towards myself and others.

 

RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2008

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I've found I can admit to my darker side and deeds on EP. I often use the Confess feature and various groups to share things about myself I would never admit to my friends, coworkers and family. I've found on EP I'm not the only one who might be scared of these darker parts of myself and what they might mean for me socially. I know now I'm not a sociopath or latent mass murderer or something just as heinous. I'm just a regular human being who sometimes hurts and has typical human responses to situations. I think it's worth it to celebrate our "dark side" or "alter ego" whenever possible and joke about it openly. Some people dress as their alter ego on Halloween and other times to take the negative power out of it and get healthy perspective. I found Rob Brezney's humorous online Truth and Beauty Lab helpful in exploring myriad methods for doing just that.