The Anima and Animus
What's happening in the perennial "war between the sexes"? While women and men daily love, live and work together in apparent peaceful co-existence, subterranean resentment, anger and rage rumble just below the surface, erupting intermittently into sexual tension, verbal sparring, and, sometimes, outright violence. What stimulates such antagonism, anger and rage between the sexes? I first tackled this ticklish subject twelve years ago, in a chapter from my book Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic . The subject matter--or at least my particular approach to it--proved so controversial that my usually fearless publisher considered the possibility of excluding the chapter, finally agreeing to accept a somewhat toned down version. Two of my central points in that chapter are that animosity clearly does exist between the sexes, a barely concealed anger that pervades all spheres of social intercourse, and negatively affects intimate relations between women and men. Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part One)
Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part Two) In my first post of this series, I employed the controversial concepts of "masculine" and "feminine." There is continuing debate as to the causes for the perennial war between the sexes. But one (of several I'm presenting) especially useful approach to understanding this traditional antagonism addresses the inherent, psychobiological differences between women and men, and the
In my first post of this series , I mentioned being a pervasive source of anger and hostility between the sexes. Psychologically, --and it was Freud (1914) who first introduced the term-- is a neurotic self-absorption which, in effect, prevents someone from achieving true intimacy with another. Pathological narcissism is related to : a furious, reflexive, unrelenting need to repay any perceived slight or insult. Post-Freudian psychoanalysts like Winnicott, Fromm, Kohut and Kernberg have attributed anger, rage and hostility to an underlying matrix of . Neurotic narcissism starts out as , a healthy, natural childhood need for attention and appreciation which, when continually frustrated, becomes fixated and pathological. Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part Three)
Dream interpretation Part 2 Theories An archetype is an unlearned tendency to experience things in a certain way. An archytype in Jungian terms belongs to the collective unconscious. (The collective unconscious according to Jung is a level of consciousness which all human share but which is largely unconscious in most of us, What we are not conscious of tends to a) present itself in dreams asking for recognition or b) come up, usually in a distorted way when we least expect it!) Archetypes are among the most powerful and most significant of all items found in dreams. An archetype can also refer to the perfect example of an object – the object by which all others are judged. The Animus and Anima - Archytypal symbols in Dreams
ANIMA/ANIMUS Anima/Animus If the encounter with the shadow is the 'apprentice-piece' in the individual’s development, then that with the Anima is the 'master-piece' The archetypal soul-image is always contrasexual, and as we experience our Shadow through someone else, we also experience our basic contrasexual components through another. We choose or become attached to someone who represents the qualities of our own psyche.
The Power of the Feminine - Marion Woodman