A Little Book on the Human Shadow by Robert Bly

By Robert Bly

A paperback reissue from the bestselling writer of "Iron John." A "penetrating and really good little quantity that sheds new gentle at the Shadow. . . . A clean and severe language and symbols for describing the unrevealed."--Joan Halifax, former president, The Ojai origin

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When forced to share a limited space with total strangers, humans respond in exactly the same way as strange monkeys placed in the same cage. Surrounded by their unfamiliar fellow primates they send out non-verbal signals designed to defuse any aggression. They, like us, perceive such crowding as a potentially hostile situation. The anxiety this perception gives rise to causes them to withdraw into themselves and restrict any social contact to an absolute minimum. In packed lifts and congested railway carriages we behave in precisely the same way.

Rapid, emotional and generalised, it enables us to react, instantly and automatically, in ways we are only rarely able to explain. It is also very easily fooled. impulses and your zombie brain 15 Reflective, or System R, thinking is under our conscious control. It is rational, logical and sceptical, constantly asking questions and seeking answers. It analyses, plans, computes, predicts and strives – often with little success – to regulate the thoughts, words and actions produced by its impulsive companion.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and police arrived at his second-floor apartment to seize him at gunpoint. EVR attempted to escape by climbing through a window and shinning down a drainpipe. The pipe gave way and he was hurled to the ground. The fall itself might not have caused serious injury but, unluckily for him, he landed head first on the iron spikes of a gate and was impaled through the head. The unfortunate young man remained conscious and even helped rescuers as they cut through the bar.

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