Dark Side of the Light Chasers

June 8, 2011

In Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford examines the process of human projection. Projection is what people tend to do when they have qualities of character that they are not happy with. Instead of confronting their own shortcomings they tend to see them in others and accuse them of the things that they themselves are guilty of. Debbie teaches that these dark qualities can also be useful if embraced and harnessed correctly. Her book is a journey that will take a lot of courage to complete but you will be glad you did.

If you are one of the many people who find themselves disproportionately angry and being the person you’d rather not be, this is the book for you. The theory put forth by Carl Jung, the German psychiatrist, is brought to bear in this informative and sometimes life changing missive. The book asks the probing question, what are we hiding from ourselves?

Most of us have a secret side to our personalities, one that we would rather no one else got to know. The one we keep hidden and buried, praying that our friends and loved ones never get a glimpse of this person. We abhor them and when see them reflected in others we are quick to judge these people harshly.

The Shadow we hate in ourselves is projected onto others as a way to hide it from ourselves and hopefully from the world. It is almost like taking a very bright stage light and shining it on another person you can see them but neither you nor they can look directly at you. Human beings have become very adept at hiding their flaws from others and even better at hiding them from themselves. We all are guilty of wearing a n95 mask and most people cannot see their true selves behind the facades they have erected.

Debbie Ford’s takes is a gentle but firm approach in guiding the reader. Holding their hands as they strip away their masks, first by teaching them how important it is to really embrace those parts of us that we keep in the shadows. More importantly she attempts to show the reader how what they see as a grievous flaw can actually be turned into an asset. The author gains our confidence and then she encourages us on a journey of self-exploration, that if we do not shy away from it, could change the way we view ourselves and others.


Pat Lindle is a self-help nut who reads hundreds of books each year on self improvement and self help. Each year he suggests 10 of the best to his employees at his metal decking company in Atlanta, GA. When not focusing on self help, or his steel decking company, Pat spends time with his wife and 3 kids in Atlanta.

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