The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

Masculinity and the Shadow (The Dark Side of Being Male) w/ Adam Nash LPC (Episode 52)

September 1, 2020

Adam Nash LPC joins Paul Krauss MA LPC for a discussion on “the shadow” and how this concept specifically applies to men. Paul and Adam discuss the concepts of “the shadow”, the persona, ego, repression, projection, the Johari Window, personality theory, Shadow Work, Scapegoating, the collective cultural or political shadow, Masculinity and the Shadow, shadow possession and more.

If you are a person who is wanting to explore the reasons why you continually have similar outcomes with relationships, jobs, or projects despite the circumstances or locations changing, then Shadow Work may be for you. It is important to find a licensed professional counselor or therapist that is knowledgeable about Shadow Work before embarking on this journey. There are many coaches that advertise "shadow work" and if you work with a coach who does not have clinical training or follow a code of ethics, you are definitely more at risk of having a negative experience.

The shadow is a concept largely explored by Carl Jung, a psychoanalyst who broke off from Sigmund Freud, who theorized that hidden within us all is our “shadow” which is aspects of our self that we either keep hidden, from ourselves and others, or have never even realized that they are there. 

 Hidden or unconscious aspects of oneself, both good and bad, which the ego has either repressed or never recognized. -Carl Jung

Carl Jung believed that in order to become a healthy person one must learn about their own shadow otherwise they would continue to live their life with a “mask on” --concealing parts of themselves from themselves and others.

The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. -Carl Jung

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Adam Nash MA LPC works with adult males and females as therapist at Health for Life Grand Rapids. Adam specializes in Men's work currently utilizing a variety of counseling techniques. Adam is accepting therapy clients at Health for Life Grand Rapids. In addition, Adam utilizes Mindfulness Based Cognitive Techniques and Trauma-Informed Counseling as well. You can schedule a complimentary consultation online here.

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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 Original Music:

”Shadow Boxer" from Tidal by Fiona Apple (Spotify)

"In and Out of the Shadows" from Born to Be with You by Dion (Spotify)

"Me and My Shadow" from Is That All There Is/ Me and My Shadow by Peggy Lee  (Spotify)


• Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association is working to increase the availability of quality mental health services statewide, increasing education, promoting best practices, and working to keep Licensed Professional Counselors and other professionals accessible by the public.

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