Week 3 & Week 5 -1- readings: The shadows are out to get me!

Some days we don’t feel like doing anything creative as we are too moody or just ‘don’t feel like it,’ but maybe we should still try as it could mean a different context is involved in the influence of an creative piece. Don’t let emotions get in the way of exploring new concepts, let them fly and express them in any way possible. It might shock you to see a different side from your normal placid self. Let these emotions go through your body and make them useful to you, be inspired by them to produce anything. I am not saying to project your emotions on others by abusing them in a possible thought that, that is creativity, but by creating something that you could do privately in your own space when no one else is around. Jung’s theory of the ‘shadows’ from OShaugnessy & Sradler (2002) ‘Media and Society’ demonstrate a similar understanding to this topic.

“Jung’s concept of the shadow can best be understood in conjunction with the idea of projection. The shadow side is our dark, negative side. It includes aspects of our-self that we have denied and repressed, that exist only in our unconscious and that we tend to project negatively on to others. Negative projection occurs when we see our dark qualities in other people. Individuation involves recognising our shadow self and embracing it in order to integrate it into our personality rather than projecting it on to others.” (OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 179)

(OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 180)

(Johnnywho, 2008)

Looking into your dark side might just help you control yourself around different situations that can work your own ‘shadows’ inside of you. Understanding who you are and what makes you tick may help you become less stressful and make you work more efficiently.

“The denial of our shadow side can be dangerous for ourselves as well as others; if we ignore our shadow it will become more monstrous and threaten to destroy us. It needs to be acknowledged, not ignored… Jung argues that people need to look into their own darkness rather than project it on to others, and in this sense they are involved in the process of becoming conscious of their own unconsciousness.” (OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 180)

In week threes reading Davis explains the creativity in an individual in ‘Definitions and theory. Creativity is forever,’ (2004) this reading shows an idea of what our conscious and unconscious mind can create from our own imaginations. We are going into our shadows of the unconsciousness and making it our friends by combining our conscious state into making a creative concept.

“Creative activity takes place between the conscious and the unconscious, that is in the preconscious. The preconscious is not tied strictly to the everyday pedestrian
realities of the conscious mind, nor is it anchored to the even more rigid symbolic relationships of the unconscious. Rather, the preconscious can engage in free play with ideas, meanings, and relationships, thereby producing the new and unexpected connections, metaphorical relationships, overlapping meanings, puns, and allegories that we call creativity.”
(Davis, 2004 p. 61)

Don’t let your shadows get to you; use them by expressing them and making them vulnerable to creativity. Keep equipment close in case you feel like letting a preconscious idea come across your path and quickly write, draw or whatever you can to maintain its crisp thought in your mind. Capture your shadow before it empowers you too much. Hopefully by doing so it will help you understand yourself more and make you produce pieces that you never knew you could.

References

Davis, G. A. (2004). Definitions and Theories. Creativity is forever (pp. 58-73). (5th Ed.). USA: Kendel/Hunt.

Johnnywho. (2008, September 30). Imagine Johnny because my thoughts need to be heard. Retrieved from WordPress: http://johnnywho.wordpress.com/page/2/

Oshaugnessy, M. Stadler, J. (2002). Carl Jung. Media and Society: An Introduction (pp. 176- 184). Victoria: Oxford University Press.

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~ by courtzbb on June 5, 2011.

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