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Shadow Work prompts for journaling

Prompts are questions that promote self analyzing deep within our inner selves. Here are some examples:

  • What are your triggers and what caused them?

  • Is there anyone you hold a grudge against? If so, what is holding you back from letting go and moving on?

  • Do you feel misunderstood? If yes, what misconceptions do people have of you?

  • What do you dislike about yourself most?

  • What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done and why did you do it?

  • Are you happy with where you are in your life? Is there anything that you can do to improve it?

  • Was your childhood negative or positive? Outline the most prominent memories that you have of your younger years.

  • What is your relationship like with your family? Has your connection strengthened since you were a child or has it gotten worse?

  • What are your parent’s best and worst personality traits? Do you see any of them within yourself?

  • Who are you closest to in your life and do they positively reflect who you are? Are you holding on to people that don’t deserve your time and affections? Are you honestly happy in your relationships?

  • Are you comfortable in your skin? If there is something that you would like to change about yourself, what is it and why?

  • Do you lie to yourself to avoid addressing your fears?

  • What characteristics and traits do you dislike in others?

  • When are you hardest on yourself and why?

  • What emotions do you tend to avoid?

  • Do you enforce boundaries with others or are you the type to let people cross lines?

  • How did you deal with trauma in the past and what do you do to combat it in the present?

  • Are you 100% yourself around others? Do you put on a persona or mask to blend into the crowd? Do you know who you are?

  • Do you forgive yourself when you have done something wrong? When you make mistakes can you move on from them or do they continue to hurt you?

  • What are your toxic traits?

  • Are you happy to be alone in your own company? Do you use other people to fill a void?

  • Do you respond well to constructive criticism? Are you over-sensitive to any form of feedback?

  • Do you allow yourself to be vulnerable in your romantic relationships? Do you put up walls around yourself and your partner or are you completely open?

  • Do you accept yourself as you are?

  • What is your deepest, darkest fear?

  • Is there anyone in your life that you are competitive with? If yes, what caused this rivalry?

  • Do you feel as though people respect you?

  • What is your biggest regret and why?

  • Do you have any unhealthy attachments or habits? What are you doing to curb them and why have you continued to entertain them?

  • Do you practice self-care? Is there more that you could be doing for your wellbeing

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