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Following this, is one of Jung’s most famous and well-known archetypes called the shadow. The shadow represents our most basic, primitive instincts, the life, and sex drives. The shadow is believed to reside the emotional center of our brain, where feelings and emotions are stored. This system in our brain generates emotions, these include indignation, lust, jealousy, and fear. The shadow is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, and instincts, more commonly known as the dark side of our mind. In our own individual shadow, where weaknesses are contained, we can cast a projected shadow of these weaknesses onto others. Causing the distortion of our view of ourselves and others, making them seem unfamiliar. According to Jung’s analysis of dreams, the shadow is usually symbolized by monstrous characters such as demons. The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts, and shortcomings. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos, and the unknown. These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it on to others. A hero’s shadow is very prominent throughout his or her journey. The shadow is most noticeable in the confronting temptation stage, where the hero falls for another because of strong emotions. The hero’s shadow may distort the way the hero feels about this temptation, making them fall off course of their journey or forgetting about what their job initially was. Though, the shadow is a strong archetypal pattern, the syzygy shows how different genders play a role in the collective unconscious of each other’s minds (Jung 9).    The combined anima and animus is known as the syzygy or the divine couple. The syzygy represents completion, unification, and wholeness. The Anima is a feminine image in the male mind and the Animus is a masculine image in the female mind. According to Jung, being able to combine our feminine and masculine natures, rather than letting one dominate, leads to wholeness. The last of Jung’s main archetypes is the Persona, a term which is derived from the Latin word for “mask.” The persona represents all of the different social masks that we put on. This means that each individual’s persona may contain a work mask, a family mask, a friend mask, a romantic mask etc. These archetypal images are based upon both what is found in the collective and personal unconscious. The collective unconscious may contain notions about how women should behave while personal experience with wives, girlfriends, sisters, and mothers contribute to more personal images of women. In many cultures, however, men and women are encouraged to adopt traditional and often rigid gender roles. Jung suggested that this discouragement of men exploring their feminine aspects and women exploring their masculine aspects served to undermine psychological development (Jung 13).    There are of course many more archetypes, some of which are more recognizable and feature heavily in stories around the world. Joseph Campbell, following in the tradition of Jung, would become famous for looking at the different myths, folklore, stories, and religions from around the world and picking out the fundamental, universal elements to them. In his highly influential book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell discusses the journey of the archetypal hero. According to Campbell, all those famous stories involving heroes, such as the labors of Hercules or the life of the Buddha, share a basic structure. Campbell called this structure the monomyth. Campbell seems to justify Jung’s idea that archetypes are something that we can easily identify with and which evoke a strong emotional response from us because they symbolize ourevolutionary experiences. The hero’s journey represents the primitive struggle of our ancestors in entering an unknown world of danger, but overcoming the danger and bringing back to the tribe or group some discovery or treasure that will benefit everyone (Jung 266).