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The Shadow Self and Close Relationships

The Shadow Self and Close Relationships

A conversation with a friend today inspired me to share my understanding of why our ‘shadow’ qualities get triggered when we are in a relationship with others and what we can do to grow beyond them. Let’s take close relationships – marriage, friendships, partnerships. Why do our very close ones – our partners who we used to love so much seem to trigger the worst in us? Why do we love this person that pays no attention to us, but all into our friend instead? Why do some couples look so odd, yet seem so happy and harmonious? It feels…