Boa tells the story of a man who told his analyst he had dreamt of Red Rooster—a cartoon character used in American national parks. Red Rooster is bossy and tells people to keep their litter and cigarettes.
The analyst asked the man if he recognised Red Rooster in himself. After some thought he said no, he couldn’t see he was like that.
The analyst suggested he go and ask his wife if she could see Red Rooster in him. He did this and was astonished when she said she could. After a few minutes of his attempts to suggest she was mistaken, she suggested he ask each of his three children. He took each one aside and was amazed when each said that of course they could see Red Rooster in him. He was always bossing people around and being authoritative. Red Rooster was his Shadow.