Using Jung's concept of the repressed and rejected personal shadow for America as a whole, ten essays discuss the concept of integrating the ideals of the nation with reality
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: The compelling message in The Shadow in America is that we stand on the brink of social change as optimistic as at any time in our history. Jeremiah Abrams takes us the next step beyond his highly successful Meeting the Shadow by providing us with firm ground upon which to realize the dream beneath our national shadow, a dream which has been struggling to be born for more than two hundred years. The writers in this collection literally strip away the darkness that hides our country's soul. They address how our national shadow affects us individually and collectively -- in love, relationships, family life, sexuality, politics, economics, religion, race relations, and addictions -- and how each of us can realize the dark powers at work in the American psyche, and in so doing, transform our lives.