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Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power

Existential Kink is a book about Jungian shadow work, even though it packages many of the ideas as original. I'm fine with this, and overall it's a set of useful ideas for people who haven't been exposed to them. This presentation is entertaining, but it's also deeply awkward — the writing isn't good, and it comes together as a mess of new age psychobabble. And I think this is its flaw: the at-times vulgur writing style and magic may turn off a lot of people from quite useful practices. So, there's two ways to approach this: withhold assent and do the exercises offered to see if they're useful, or find other introductions to Jungian shadow work. The exercises are indeed powerful, so if you're on a self-improvement journey, I recommend exploring this direction.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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