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Animus and Anima: Two Essays

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A classic Jungian text tracing the appearance of the psyche in behavior, fantasies, dreams, and the myth of two elemental persons.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 22nd 1998 by Spring Publications (first published 1955)
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"Indeed, I think that without relationship to a person with respect to whom it is possible to orient oneself again and again, it is almost impossible ever to free oneself from the demonic clutch of the animus. In a state of identification with the animus, we [women] think, say, or do something in the full conviction that it is we who are doing it, while in reality, without our having been aware of it, the animus has been speaking through us."

"However, in the field where the creative activity of
John Kulm
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Essays by Emma Jung on the animus and on the anima. I took an interest in this book because I wanted to understand, what does it mean if a woman projects her animus onto me and what does it mean if I project the anima onto her, and how do these mysterious internal images make an external affect? I also wanted more insight into the relationship of a woman to her animus and a man to his anima, and that's what this book is all about.

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May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Has historical interest as an indicator of how an intellectual of the period was dealing with shifts in gender, but it’s drenched in essentialism that seems dated now. In other words, moderately feminist for its time, but not for ours.
Apr 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book may have changed my life. I'm not sure.
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a really lebanese girl let me borrow this book, i should re read it
Daniel Bicknell
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mostly a selection of Psychology papers writen on Altered States of Consciousness. A bit dated but none-the-less valuable. States of consciousness are explored from their causes - meditation, dreams, hypnosis, major & minor psychedelics and so on. Very strict scientific approach. ...more
Erin Panjer
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Emma has a great grasp of what the Animus and Anima are and can relate back many stories and mythologies on the theme. There was a bit of sexist talk, part of what was acceptable for the day (keep in mind the vastly different lifestlyes- and how woman's lifestyle hadn't fully transferred from a traditional one) I think there is some insight to gleam from it. It's not that she thinks woman are less than men, it's that back then she witnessed a more traditional lifestyle, where woman had less free ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting description of the Animus and Anima. The section of the Anima is much more developed. Ironic, since Ms. Jung would have worked with her own Animus over her lifetime. The paper on the Anima is most assuredly from the perspective of one who spent a lifetime looking at narrative and folk-legends. Over insightful and worth the read.
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"Woman has learned to see that she cannot become like a man because first and foremost she is a woman and must be one."
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