Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part One) 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. Dr. Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part Two) Sex Wars: How Do Women and Men REALLY Feel About Each Other? (Part Three) 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. Neurotic narcissism stems from inadequate, insufficient or traumatic parenting and resulting narcissistic injury, especially prior to five years of age, during what Freud called the pre-Oedipal period. The Animus and Anima - Archytypal symbols in Dreams. 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. In this artical I am going to look at the archetypes of the animus and anima.
The animus is a term used by psychologist Carl Jung to represent the masculine side of the female. Women can become familiar with the nature of the animus through a questioning of ideas and opinions, and of gender roles and identity. Dr. ANIMA/ANIMUS. The Power of the Feminine - Marion Woodman.