The movie Black Swan portrays some aspects of how the darker aspects of the shadow self can impact our mental health and creative expression. The photo shows ballerina Nina [Natalie Portman] and her mother [Barbara Hershey].
In his Psych Central article “Black Swan” and the Recovery of the Shadow Self, Joseph Burgo PhD points out that the “decor of Nina’s room is juvenile, in pastel shades, with a herd of stuffed animals on her bed; the mother treats her as if she were, in fact, a young child.
“The atmosphere feels asexual and repressive; beneath the false and saccharine sweetness, one has the sense of emotions unacknowledged, words not spoken.”
Nina “has clearly disowned an important part of her emotional experience, undoubtedly because her false and brittle mother couldn’t tolerate its expression.”
Burgo goes on to note this kind of suppression / repression “has enfeebled Nina: the choreographer tells her she’s perfect for the role of the white swan but lacks the passion needed to dance the black swan with real conviction.”
From my Creative Mind post Dancing With Our Shadow to Develop Creativity