The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort.
To become conscious of It involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real.
This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge, and It therefore, as a rule, meets with considerable resistance. Indeed, self-knowledge as a psychotherapeutic measure frequently requires much painstaking work extending over a long period.
~ Carl Jung, CW 9ii, p 14
[Art: Horace Vernet, “A Soldier On The Field Of Battle” (1818)]