The Underlying Psychology
Shadow’s Edge is a narrative therapy and art-based process across three phases packaged into a mobile game.
The three core phases of the psychological process from a player’s point of view are:
Explore what is going on in your life and decide on what you want to work on (define your reason to play). Practice reflecting on your life from a distance, naming difficulties instead of blaming yourself. Realize that the stories in your life are not set in stone and that you can re-write them. Learn about the theoretical background of the narrative therapy-based process and its steps, as well as the role of Shadow as a part of oneself you do not relate to yet. This phase is called Disruption.
Explore emotions and evaluate strategies you apply in your life. Take an inventory of your emotions, thoughts and actions and make the checks and balances of what is working and what is not serving you. Practice connecting with parts of you that you normally neglect and practice expressing your emotions to yourself and others. Learn and practice breathing and muscle tensing exercises to support you. Realize there are others also going through challenges and realize that your shadow is pieces of yourself that you are not connecting with or that you are neglecting. Learn the theoretical background about the importance of connecting with all your emotions, also the so-called negative ones, and about the importance of getting to know yourself. Learn what a growth mindset is. This phase is called Disillusionment.
Reimagine your story, identify the relationships that support you and define how you can anchor your new story in your life. Learn about the power of language and recognizing how we can use language on how we talk to and about ourselves and re-define our own narrative. Practice reframing your story around your strengths and the wisdom and resilience you have gained through your experiences. You also understand that it is key to cultivate relationships that support you in your new story. You learn that your Shadow is a part of you that is not something to get rid of, but that your shadow is always connected to you and is a source of ever deeper self-knowledge and a key to your individuality and wholeness and ability to connect with others. Learn and practice to use your imagination as a tool. This phase is called Discovery.
The game works with examples to support the player through this process and dive into answering the prompts and knowing what to draw.