Encounter with Shadow and Its Manifestations in Fairy Tales and Literature


  • Jelena Sladojević Matić




Shadow, literature, amplification, archetype


Shadow is one of the basic concepts of analytical psychology, a structure with its archetypal basis, related to the contents separated from the conscious part of personality. Most often those are instinctive and inferior contents of sexual and aggressive nature, but also talents and potentials that are removed from the field of consciousness. We can talk about personal and archetypal Shadow that is manifested through different social phenomena of projecting negative and inferior content on marginal groups. Shadow as a universal and omnipresent structure can be recognized in myths, fairy tales and literature. Its presence in cultural heritage offers possibility for therapeutical work to clarify to our clients both its contents and the levels of integration, using amplification. In this paper, I will illustrate some of the manifestations of archetypal and personal Shadow.


Article received: April 28, 2020; Article accepted: June 6, 2020; Published online: October 15, 2020; Original scholarly paper

Author Biography

Jelena Sladojević Matić

Jelena Sladojević Matić (1971) works at Faculty of Media and Communications, at the Department of Psychology. She graduated and finished both post-graduation and PhD studies at Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. She is Jungian analyst, supervisor and educator, individual member of International Association for Analytical Psychology.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.403 DOI: https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.403




How to Cite

Sladojević Matić, J. (2020). Encounter with Shadow and Its Manifestations in Fairy Tales and Literature. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (23), 149–158. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i23.403