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"Highly recommended...a valuable interpretation of our inner life". -- Unitarian Universalist AssociationThis book demonstrates how the inner part of a man and the masculine part of a woman are invisible partners in any male-female relationship. It was written for people where who want to understand themselves and their relationships better. ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Paulist Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
‭‭‎The Invisible Partners: How the Male and Female in Each of Us Affects Our Relationships, (1980), John A. Sanford

It is about Male or Female psychology, but not in the Mars/Venus sense. It was written for people where who want to understand themselves and their relationships better.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 2008 میلادی

عنوان: یار پنهان - چگونه مرد و زن درونمان بر روابط ما تاثیر میگذارند؛ نویسنده: جان ا، سنفورد؛ مترجم فیروزه نیوندی؛ تهران؛ افکار، 1385؛ در 191ص، مصور؛ شابک 964785
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جان سنفورد، روانشناس پیرو نظریات یونگ ، در این کتاب تلاش می کنه یار پنهان افراد رو بهشون معرفی کنه. نیمه ی پنهانی که هر فردی در درونش داره اما اکثرا از شناخت و حتی علم به وجود اون ناآگاه هستند و اون رو در بیرون از خودشون تحت عنوان نیمه گمشده جستجو می کنند. این یار پنهان/ نیمه ی درون/ زن و مرد درون / به علت همین ناآگاهی نه تنها کنترل روابط، بلکه کنترل عواطف و افکار فرد رو بدست می گیره و در بسیاری اوقات فرد بدون آگاهی اسیر انیما/انیموس می شه. هدف این کتاب معرفی و شناخت ( و نه اثبات، چون وجود زن/مر ...more
Fatemeh sherafati
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انیما و انیموس
مردان معمولا خود را فقط مرد می دانند و زنان خود را زن، اما واقعیت روان شناختی نشان می دهد که انسان موجدی دو جنسیتی است. در واقع در وجود هر مرد انعکاسی از یک زن و در وجود هر زن انعکاسی از یک مرد وجود دارد.اگر مردی که در او اصل زنانه کاملا غایب باشد موجودی انتزاعی و کاملا جدا از عنصر هستی است. زنی که در او اصل مردانه کاملا غایب بشد فاقد هویت است... تنها اتحاد این دو اصل استکه یک انسان را کامل می سازد. این عنصر مردانه را که در جود زن قرار گرفته را انیموس و یا روان مردانه و عنصر زنانه
Another book on the anima and the animus—more practical than Emma Jung's Anima and Animus and definitely more straightforward than Robert Johnson's We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love.

For me, best part is the section on Active Imagination—definitely worth reading and a must for everyone seeking spiritual and psychological maturity through what Jung once called The Marriage Quaterino.

In brief, the anima can be seen in a man whenever he sulks in a mood and projects its cause onto ob
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is not for everyone as it does not fit neatly into conventional categories. It is about Male/Female psychology, but not in the Mars/Venus sense but rather from a spiritual/archetypal/Jungian perspective. We each of us carry both Male and Female psychic energies/archetypes within us but the ego tends to identify with just one, either male or female. Jung called the Feminine archetype in men the Anima and the Masculine archetype in women the Animus.

Because the soul longs for wholeness, t
Gabrielle Jarrett
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Invisible Partners is a very accessible explanation of the unknown female and male qualities within each of us. The more we can take the time to find these qualities, conscious and unconscious, acknowledge and accept them, the more balanced our relationships will be - within our self, with a partner, and with friends. Sanford is a Jungian, well read and knowledgeable. CG Jung, for the most part, believed women have an unconscious male or animus. He believed men have an unconscious female or ...more
تفاوت آدمها و انسانها :

آدم‌ها زندگی می‌کنند
انسان‌ها زیبا زندگی می‌کنند !
آدم‌ها می‌شنوند
انسان‌ها گوش می‌دهند !
آدم‌ها می‌بینند
انسان‌ها عاشقانه نگاه می‌کنند !
آدم‌ها در فکر خودشان هستند
انسان‌ها به دیگران هم فکر می‌کنند !
آدم‌ها می‌خواهند شاد باشند
انسان‌ها می‌خواهند شاد کنند !
آدم‌ها ، اسم اشرف مخلوقات را دارند
انسان‌ها اعمال اشرف مخلوقات را انجام می‌دهند !
آدم‌ها انتخاب کرده‌اند که آدم بمانند
انسان‌ها تغییر کردن را پذیرفته‌اند ، تا انسان شدند !
آدم‌ها می‌توانند انسان شوند
انسان‌ها در ابتدا آدم بودند !
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
A few things to say about his book:
I had been exploring the concept of what maleness is in our society and the role of our inner femininity. Through conversation on this topic I became aware of Jung's idea of the anima and the animus. In the course of my research into the anima/animus on wikipedia I found a link to this book and purchased it.
This is a book that I hesitate to recommend to people because of the range of ideas presented. His ideas on the GLBTIQ community I do not agree with. Howev
I've been utterly fascinated by the anima/animus concept since I first read Jung's work. Unfortunately, Jung explored the anima way more than the animus (probably because he was male and chose to write what he knew). I picked this book up thinking it might expand on the matter, but the tone really bugged me. There's too much emphasis on Christian values (nothing wrong with that, necessarily, but no room for anyone who might have different beliefs) and traditional gender roles (again, nothing wro ...more
Wanjiru Thoithi
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good enough introduction to the anima and animus.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
ما واحدهای دوجنسی زندگی روانی نیستیم، بلکه حاوی یک ضد غیرقابل انکار در درون کلیتی هستیم که هستی ما را می سازد. در درون ما اضدادی وجود دارد که می توانیم هر اسمی به انها بگذاریم - مذکر و مونث، انیما و انیموس، ین و یان - که همیشه با هم در تنش اند و همیشه در جستجوی وحدت. روح بشر عرصه بزرگی است که در آن، دهنده و پذیرنده، نور و تاریکی، ین و یان در جستجوی وحدت باهم اند و این وحدت ما، شخصیت توصیف ناپذیری خلق می کند.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
مباحثش خیلی خیلی جالبه هرچند که کتابش یه مقداری خسته کننده میشه
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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A'ishah Amatullah
I read this book as an assignment. As a primer on anima/animus and active imagination for someone who isn't super familiar with Jung, this book was somewhat helpful. It is also dated and problematic in terms of how it addresses gender as solely binary and pathologizes homosexuality, among other things.

It is very sexist, heterosexist, and transantagonist - for example "typical annoying feminine traits" like moodiness in men are ascribed to the anima (inner feminine) as though being whiny and moo
Marina Resende
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
it was ok! the problem with this book is that the author was just quoting Jung´s work the entire book.
it felt like running in circles, so repetitive. he didn´t brought anything new. if you never read anything about anima and animus it might be useful otherwise save your time and don't read this. the only interesting part was in the end of the book when he gives some practice in 'active imagination' to talk and understand your inner partner and what he wants from you. insightful.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely read
This book explains the underneath of family relationship
It explain how the anima in men an animus in women disturb and support the relationship.
To be frank,
this book is mind blowing and must read for everyone to understand the archetypal behind every human being.
Appendix a therapy was explained to practice called active imagination to take note of our inner negative voice and how to make communication and bring success..
Fantastic book!!
Linas  Vaitulevicius
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book convincingly demonstrates how the feminine part of a man and the masculine part of a woman are the invisible partners in any male-female relationship. It describes the well known (to Jungian psychology) psychic factor (the anima) active in each man which eludes his conscious will and puts extraordinary ideas into his head, but also induces unwelcome moods and emotions. A must read, if you want to understand your relationships better.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: jungian
Its alright. If you have not read much on the subject I could see it being fascinating. Nothing really added to Jungs ideas its basically dumbed down. He also reaches too much here and there.
Sally Schultz
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my marriage. Must read.
Christina Murias
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, but some concepts might be difficult to grasp if you do not have a psychology background
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Un libro fácil de leer sobre los arquetipos Junguianos del Ánima y Ánimus.
Ana Buczynski
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excelent book!!!! Good knowledge about “anima” and “animus”, Carl Jung’s concepts.
David Kelly
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read for those striving towards self-improvement with aid of Jungian tools.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, insightful and practical. Must read for everyone who wants to know themselves better.
J3ss3 J
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a bit antiquated, and ignorantly chauvinistic at times, but it’s still a good layman’s primer explaining the anima and animus in real life. Short, sweet, and pretty well backed up.
Joli Hamilton
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Second reading for dissertation this time.Dated but critical read for those looking to understand Jungian psychology and the anima/animus problem. It's difficult to wade through the gender essentialism that this book is. Yet, coming to see through the eyes of earlier Jungian thinkers is helpful as I come to define my depth psychological theories of gender and sexuality. Chapter 4 is rife with homophobic horrors and Christian morality, a monotheistic thought is uniformly presented throughout the ...more
Hamed Sgp
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
ملغمه اي از اساطير يوناني و ارجاعات نمادين براي اثبات مطلبي كه در ده صفحه فصل اول توضيح داده شده بود خواندن اين كتاب رو براي من بعنوان يك خواننده ايراني خسته كننده و بيهوده كرده بود..

تمام ارجاعات مذهبي كتاب به دين مسيحيت مربوط ميشه و نويسنده با از اين شاخه به اون شاخه پريدن هاي متوالي و اشاره به همه چي از كارما و بوديسم و معجزه عشق تا نمايشنامه هاي كلاسيك و خدايان يوناني و قديسان مسيحي و غيره ظاهرا قصد داره با سردرگم كردن خواننده به اون بقبولونه كه خلاصه همه اشاره و تاييدي به نظريه مورد نظرشون د
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. It's an interesting explanation of male and female psychology (but particularly male) through the lens of Jungian psychology. It covers many topics from psychology to relationships to sexuality and although written more than 10 years ago is a really helpful guide to understanding male psychology. The Jungian idea of each sex having both male and female psychological archetypes is an important insight. ...more
Feb 18, 2008 is currently reading it
This is a book that one of my life mentors lent me. (Ms. Paula). It's a jungian psychology book (not by Jung but based on Jungian theory) about the male and female inside of each of us and how it effects our relationships. I've recently gone back to it to analyze some personal relationship issues that keep nagging at me. I find it more relevant as I go back to it for kernals of insight. ...more
Meggan Newland
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
I read this on a recommendation from an English professor that reads it annually. He said it helps him understand his subconscious in relationships. (?) While I certainly gained some insight on my relationships past and present, this is a better read for you psychology folks out there. My eyes glazed over more than once. I needed the dumbed down abbreviated version.
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