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A fresh and intriguing perspective on men's behavior, attitudes, and psychological difficulties by tracing the development of masculinity within the context of concept of the anima, C. G. Jung's term for a man's inner nature. Drawing on evolution, anthropology, and mythology, Dr. Pedersen shows how this mysterious "other" part of man's nature influences his psychological ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 13th 1991 by Shambhala
(first published 1991)
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Oct 26, 2009 Warren E. rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: University students and adults
Recommended to Warren E. by: I searched it out.
It is a dense and complicated book to discuss with a lay person, but I will make an attempt. Symbolic forces, inculcated by abusive parents, are discussed and therapeutic approaches, Jungian typology, men's sense or understanding of love and relationships, the Anima as the dark female aspect of a man's psyche, and sons' relationships with their fathers in a post-modern world. Very relevant for the psychologist or psychiatrist who approaches her/his patients from the perspective of Analytical ...more
I sought out this book because I was interested in the content though don't have much knowledge in the field of psychology (so I will refrain from rating the book). I liked it, it was very informative. It was interesting to learn about how men are "wired" and what we're born with, and how family, culture, and society immediately shapes our inner workings and relationships. It reads like required text from a college course, but I was ok with that. I hope to one day come to terms with my anima.