Befriending the Shadow: A Coach’s Adventures in the Swamplands of the Self
Carl Jung defined our Shadow as that which we hide, repress or deny – the unloved, unknown or hidden parts of us which often sabotage our progress in life.
Like many of us, Nick Thorpe came to coaching with a desire to drain these murky swamplands and leave his troublesome traits behind for good. But to his surprise he discovered powerful transformative gold in the dark places he least wanted to look.
In a lecture both practical and disarmingly honest, author and coach Nick Thorpe shares wisdom from many years of journeying in solo and group coaching work as well as his own personal life as a father, writer and richly flawed human being.
If Jung was right that 90 per cent of the shadow is “pure gold”, how can we unearth and integrate the parts and qualities we have exiled, and learn to trust them? How might the things that trigger us in others become powerful tools for our own growth? How might our shadow turbo-charge our creativity? And how do we practically navigate in a mostly subconscious realm?
Nick offers maps, caveats, and moving stories as well as solo exercises and a Q&A.
About Nick Thorpe PCC
Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer, coach, trainer and supervisor. Formerly a national newspaper journalist, his most recent book, Urban Worrier, tracks his “adventures in the lost art of letting go”. An ICF PCC-credentialled coach and supervisor with his own Edinburgh-based practice, Nick has particular passion for mid-life transition, leadership coaching and facilitating men’s circles using a form of shadow work. www.nickthorpe.co.uk