At some point, all human one-sidedness goes over to its opposite in order to make conscious the unlived part. . . . We're forced to tumble all the way to the other side of our nature — to the part that's been ignored, disowned, or utterly denied. Goodness can turn into evil, happiness to unhappiness. The masquerade of a perfect couple who never fight shifts to a nasty divorce and custody battle. This explains how a TV evangelist who screams at us about "the sins of the flesh" finds himself in the arms of a prostitute. . . .

Jung called this process of shifting to the opposite extreme by its Latin name, enantiodroumia, literally, running in the opposite direction. . . . Sooner or later everything turns into its opposite.

Jacqueline Small, The Shadow in America by Jeremiah Abrams, editor