Part 2: Why You Need To Explore Freud’s Unheimlich Or The Uncanny…. By Dr Linda Berman

Last week’s post looked at the uncanny, and how it resides within ourselves. Today, I will move on to exploring ways in which we can confront these aspects of our inner world, often termed our ‘monsters,’ or our ‘demons.’

  • The Struggle To Face Our Inner Demons


Ghost – Mario Sironi. Wikimedia Commons.

“No one who, like me, conjures up the most evil of those half-tamed demons that inhabit the human breast, and seeks to wrestle with them, can expect to come through the struggle unscathed.”

Freud. From Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, 1905

Facing our dark side, or our shadow side as Jung termed it, is far from easy. Jung’s shadow is akin to Freud’s ‘unheimlich,’ which describes parts of the personality of which we may be unaware. If we remain in denial about the existence of our own shadow, we will tend to project that darkness onto…

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