I don't remember what ideas I had when I heard the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde this long time ago. I was happy with these ideas, with time letting this whole kerfuffle to slide into the back of my head.
Recently, the cognitive dissonance topic, reading concepts of Carl Jung, made me realise clearly (cannot imagine how it could have not been clear to me before) that of course Mr Hyde is all that, which we (try to) Hide, from the world, from others, but mostly from ourselves. All that darkness we carry.
Jung describes The Shadow "as part of our unconscious bearing the qualities that contradicts our personal values which the persona, our social personality, upholds. As a general tendency, we ignore it or repress it."
Of course, like with everything else, the harder we try, the worse it gets. The more we want to Hide our dark side, the more it wants to manifest itself. The more we pretend it is not there, the more it comes to us from the outside, the more Mr Hyde pushes himself into our lives. It is other people being stupid, thoughtless, irritating, cruel. We "cannot believe", how they can be "like that".
We definitely ARE NOT!