Archetypes; Anima



I wonder all the time as I see some friends in the WP sharing four or five posts daily; I am pretty sure they are not as grand(pa-ma) as I am! And under the motto, live and let live, I try my best to give my own little (so far) knowledge about the experiences in the environment where I can gather together. And it might be helpful for us all to understand more and… I think it is the goal that we all want to achieve.

Long words, short sense, as always!? I steal a post from my own FB sharing to share here, not only because of my tight time but because it hit me-self!! Frida Kahlo can do it. (With just some more words from Dr Jung about the Anima in us all, either Animus or Anima.
I just say: I will never be complete without my Anima.

The Anima is not a dogmatic soul, not an Anima rationalis, which is a philosophical concept, but a natural archetype that satisfactorily subsumes all statements of the unconscious, of the primitive mind, of the history of language and religion. It is a “factor” in the true sense of the word. One can’t do it; it’s always the a priori of moods, reactions, impulses, and whatever else there is in mental spontaneity. It is a living thing by itself that makes us live a life behind consciousness that cannot be fully integrated into it but rather from which the latter emerges. For, after all, psychic life is unconscious mainly and includes consciousness on all sides; a thought becomes immediately plausible once one considers the unconscious preparation necessary to recognize a sense perception, for example.

Carl Jung; Archetypes

(Über die Archetypen des kollektiven Unbewussten)

Art: Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954) – 1949 The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me, and Senor Xolotl

Milton Sonn on Flickr.

And there are some more from the same book in the category; Anima and Animus.

These identifications with the social role are generally a productive source of neuroses. The human cannot, with impunity, rid himself of himself in favour of an artificial personality. Even the attempt to do so, in all ordinary cases, triggers unconscious reactions, whims, affects, fears, obsessions, weaknesses, vices, and so on. In “private life”, the socially “strong man” is often a child concerning his own emotional states, and his public discipline (which he demands very particularly of others) is miserably ruined privately. His “professional enthusiasm” has a melancholy face at home; his “spotless” public morality looks strange behind the mask – we don’t want to speak of deeds, only of fantasies, and the wives of such men would also have something to tell; his unselfish altruism – his children have different views.

To the extent that the world lures the individual out to identify with the mask, the individual is also exposed to influences from within. “High stands on low,” said Lao-tse (Laozi). From within, an opposite imposes itself. Indeed it is as if the unconscious repressed the ego with the same power with which the latter attracted to the persona. The lack of resistance on the outside against the lure of the persona means a similar weakness on the inside against the influences of the unconscious. The effective and robust role played externally, internally an effeminate weakness develops towards all unconscious influences; Moods and whims, anxiety, and even feminized sexuality (culminating in impotence) gradually gain the upper hand.

Carl Jung: So we should talk to our animus or Anima. | Lewis Lafontaine on Patreon

The persona, the ideal image of man as he should be, is internally compensated for by female weakness, and as the individual plays the strong man on the outside, he becomes female, the Anima, on the inside, for it is the Anima that confronts the persona. But because the inside is dark and invisible to the extraverted consciousness, and because one can think of one’s weaknesses the less, the more one is identical with the persona, the counterpart of the persona, the Anima, also remains entirely in the dark and is therefore initially projected, causing the hero to come under his wife’s slippers. If her increase in power is considerable, she bears it badly. She becomes inferior, providing the man with welcome proof that it is not he, the hero, who is inferior in “private life” but his wife. On the other hand, the woman has that illusion, which is so attractive to many, that she has married at least one hero, unconcerned about her own uselessness. This illusion game is often called; life content”!

Love you all, and have a lovely and peaceful weekend. 🙏🤗😘🙏💖

5 thoughts on “Archetypes; Anima

  1. Thank you for writing this wonderful post Aladin and for sharing more of your Jungian knowledge with us. I believe that within each of us there is a masculine and feminine (animus and anima) side. Each striving to find balance and hold the tension of the opposites between them. What a very different world it would be if everyone could understood this truth and made finding balance a task for themselves. Love and light, Deborah.

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    • that’s absolutely true, my dear angel. if one ever can use the brain will find out that there is no gender which matters, but the existence of the soul. We are one soul with both genders. if I ever can utter my thoughts. Love you 🙏💖❤️🤗

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