Many of us have secretly reveled in a friend’s downfall or fantasized about committing a crime. If we ever dare to examine them closely, our unvoiced thoughts scare and shame us; we get off on cheap thrills and the misery of others.
It’s surprising how little control we seem to have over the timing and content of “bad” thoughts.
The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was among the first to grapple deeply with wicked thoughts. In his ‘Psychology of the Unconscious’, he observes that every person has a “shadow self.” This self, he explains, is the unconscious part of our psyche, a repository of base animal instincts and dark desires. We repress it—but only for so long before “a possible outburst.”
These thoughts are random and almost out of control.
Where does this dark side come from?
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute