About how we become who we are, and how we perceive ourselves and others to be.


15. Stand off

Comforted by the lullaby and now both aware that the other needs to be acknowledged, Viviana and her Shadow gradually move from Standoff (the shit there is between us), to a will to reconciliation (the gold that's in us). In this process they mirror a process that needs to happen within each of us, between us and others, between cultures, religions, and between nations.

Not the only lonely expat

Even when we don’t move around the globe, being happy all the time is not a normal human condition. Life can be really tough sometimes, but when our need to grieve, to be angry, or to experience failure is inhibited we add insult to injury.

16. Miracles may happen

The will to heal the split may be there, but neither Viviana nor her Shadow understand the truly profound and universal meaning of their healing. One person at a time, one relationship at a time, one nation, one culture, one religion with the other... if we see we are just two halves of the same circle... miracles may indeed happen.

19. Changed and yet the same

Reconciled with her Shadow Viviana expresses what many have done, following a long and arduous inner process; I am changed, yet I am changed... I am MORE of myself. And that's exactly as it should be.

Subpersonalities and neuroscience

We are not one unified identity but rather a collection of subpersonalities, or different selves that struggle and strive for attention and power. This has been accepted thought in psychology for a long time, but now even neuroscience is coming aboard.