Korkunova O.V., Bushueva T.I. Shadow as a Structural Component of Personality

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lp.jvolsu.2017.2.3

Olga  V.  Korkunova

Doctor  of  Philosophy, Professor,  Department  of  Philosophy  and  History,

Ural State University of Railway Transport

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Kolmogorova St., 66, 620034 Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Tatyana I. Bushueva

Postgraduate Student, Department  of  Philosophy  and  History,

Ural State University of Railway Transport

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Kolmogorova St., 66, 620034 Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation


Abstract. The  article  is  devoted  to  topical  issues  in  the  field  of  the  study  of  modern  philosophical anthropology. The subject of the authors’ consideration is the analysis of artistic works through the prism of the personality structure developed by C.G. Jung. The article, based on the work of Carl Gustav Jung, gives not only the study of Shadow as an individual component, but also as an important factor of personality’s development. The authors have attempted to show how the Shadow externalizes and works and what a person’s attitude towards it is. This research paper also reveals the ways of developing the Shadow component for achieving the positive personal enhancement. The analysis of fictional works showed that the writers documented the phenomenon of Shadow and started investigating and describing it long before philosophy scientists did it. The authors have analyzed the works in chronological order, consistently considering the texts of the beginning of XIX century, then the second half of XIX century, next the XX century, and finally the beginning of the XXI century. This approach allows us to show  how  gradually the  deeper  understanding  of  the phenomenon  of  Shadow  went  and draw  the  following conclusions: in the considered fiction texts the Shadow is antipode, antagonist and anti-hero of the main character. But a person and their Shadow are inseparable; one cannot simply suppress or remove the Shadow, the bad side of ego. In order to gain positive personal development a person must realize the negative dark side to meet with his\her own Shadow. Thus, a person moves to perfection through awareness of individual imperfection.

Key words: personality, consciousness, unconscious, collective unconscious, Shadow.

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