We face the shadow persona in the moment of living it – our reflections on our life is but a mediation of energies and entities that have played their part. The illusion runs deep. Carl Jung on the anima projection – a deep pattern in my life before integral awareness struck.
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Some archetypes are of extreme importance and have been studied in detail by Jung and others. One such archetype is the Anima. To Jung, the anima is essentially the feminine side of the psyche in a man.
“Every man carries within him the eternal image of a woman, not the image of this or that woman, but a definite feminine image. This image is fundamentally unconscious… Since this image is unconscious, it is always projected upon the person of the beloved, and is one of the chief reasons for passionate attraction or aversion” (The Development of Personality).
The anima is “My Lady Soul”. “It is she who communicates the images of the unconscious to the conscious mind”. It is a personification of all the psychological feminine tendencies in a man, such as feelings and emotions, moods, intuitions, capacity for personal love and love of nature…
Excerpt from Man & His Symbols (Audiobook) by Carl G. Jung on the negative aspect of the anima in the male psyche.
The anima and animus, in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology, are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to both the theriomorphic and inferior-function of the shadow archetypes, as well as the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self. The anima and animus are described by Jung as elements of his theory of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of the male, this archetype finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima; equivalently, in the unconscious of the female it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus.
The anima and animus can be identified as the totality of the unconscious feminine psychological qualities that a male possesses or the masculine ones possessed by the female, respectively. It is an archetype of the collective unconscious and not an aggregate of father or mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or teachers, though these aspects of the personal unconscious can influence the person for good or ill.
Because a man's sensitivity must often be repressed, the anima is one of the most significant autonomous complexes of all. It is said to manifest itself by appearing in dreams. It also influences a man's interactions with women and his attitudes toward them and vice versa for females and the animus. Jung said that “the encounter with the shadow is the ‘apprentice-piece' in the individual's development…that with the anima is the ‘masterpiece'”. Jung viewed the anima process as being one of the sources of creative ability.
In the book The Invisible Partners it is said that the key to controlling one's anima/animus is to recognize it when it manifests and exercise our ability to discern the anima/animus from reality.
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