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Make Peace with Your Unlived Life

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The true self and the shadow self

The idea of a "true self" and a "false or shadow self" has long preoccupied psychologists.

  • Carl Jung viewed the "shadow self" as our unknown, dark side. Jung believed that unless we come to terms with our shadow side, we will become its victim.
  • Similarly, psychologist Erik E...

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The journey of identity exploration often begins at adolescence.

Some people always do what others think is a good idea for them. Only later on in life, they will start to think that they never really pursued their own ideals, but the desires of others. It can become draining and cont...

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A person may experience a delayed identity crisis, but it may contain seeds of psychological renewal - the motivation to move into new directions in life.

Instead of ignoring these parts, accept the unlived parts of yourself and learn to read the messages that are contained in it...

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