A BOY’S USE OF THE HITLER FIGURE IN SANDPLAY: INTEGRATION OF THE SHADOW COMPLEX
Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 15, Number 1, 2006
Keywords: Hitler figure, shadow, children, child’s shadow, Sandplay therapy, children, complex, ego, moral, integrations, clinical examples.
Abstract: This paper explores the development of the shadow complex in childhood and the ability of sandplay therapy to allow the young child to integrate his shadow complex into the personality. Case examples are shown with images of the miniature figure of Adolf Hitler representing the child’s shadow. As this figure is caged and defeated, the child develops a stronger ego with evidence of a new internal moral authority.