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Ego vs Shadow

November 14, 2012 , , ,

Uncomfortable truths..

Matrignosis: A Blog About Inner Wisdom

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t people just love each other?” Until I studied Jungian psychology, I certainly did. I knew lots of good people who acted loving. Yet when I got to know them I invariably discovered that they were just as challenged in the love department as I was. So why do even the most well-meaning people find it so difficult to love?

What I discovered after several years of inner work was that the primary obstacle to love is a psychologically ignorant ego which fears otherness, both without and within.  From personal experience I also learned that this one-sided ego-centricism has nine basic characteristics:

1.  No matter how loving we try to be, the primary motivation beneath our good intentions is self-interest.

2.  Our belief that we are a loving person is not based on authentic feeling, but on the persona (our social personality) we constructed in…

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