Accepting the Truth: My Dark Side

“Yet drawing from some inner well of strength and understanding, his mind opened receptively to the images…He could not sensibly deny this other side of his character; like the limited image of the person he had always believed himself to be, this was only a part of the real person – but it was indeed a part, however difficult he found it to accept. But he had to accept it. It was the truth.

The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

In a previous post, I talked about the difficult truth of the dark side that exists in all of us. This dark side is where our racism, anger, and distasteful character traits lurks.

In this post, I want to talk about accepting these truths, so we can move forward and grow our “light” sides.

Other than a few university courses, I have no training in psychology. What I do have, is my personal struggle with perfectionism, self-blame, and shame – which I believe is the foundation for my clinical depression and anxiety. As I’ve been healing from this, I’ve been learning how to see myself holistically, and to accept both praise and blame in healthier ways.

I’ve undergone psychotherapy treatment; I’ve rea