A Shadow is “everything a person refuses to acknowledge about himself.”
Although everyone has a shadow, it is obviously different for each person and varies greatly with the values and culture we are raised in.
As we grow up we begin to separate and label parts as good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable. The acceptable parts remain in our conscious awareness. The unacceptable parts comprise the shadow and become hidden.
We don’t have to hide and become the opposite of who you are or what you value. You don’t have to fall in love with all of your parts, just own them and see their value. By recognizing you are also the opposite of what you identify with, you become balanced. In recognizing you are every trait, you become whole.