Episode 76 – Animus & Anima

Sep 12, 2019


Although these Jungian concepts have become familiar psychological terminology, they remain difficult to understand. According to Jung, animus and anima are innate psychic structures shaped significantly by the archetypal world, whereas the shadow is predominantly shaped by personal experiences of ego formation. Whereas shadow tends to be rejected, animus and anima fascinate and attract. Although images like sol / luna or yin / yang amplify the a priori nature of these inner opposites, the animus corresponds to the paternal Logos and the anima to the maternal Eros. Parents are the first external experience of this innate predisposition, and a developmental psychic trajectory may be inferred from mythology and individual dream images. Animus and anima represent adaptation and attitude to the inner world; they serve as the bridge to the collective unconscious and are experienced as “other.” 


“In the first scene, my guy and I are watching each other masturbate over Skype. He’s in his house and he ejaculates on his real wood floor. In the second scene, we’re in my parents’ house; they aren’t there but there are children’s toys around. He masturbates himself and ejaculates on their laminate wood floor. I’m anxious about this and clear up. In the third scene, I arrive in a cavernous Victorian public restroom below ground level, in London. The first chamber is a men’s urinal and lots of men are pleasuring each other, it’s a lively scene and they invite me in but I refuse. I move to another chamber, which is a spa, but I don’t go in. In between the two chambers is a lecture theatre, and my guy is giving a work presentation to an audience. He doesn’t acknowledge my arrival and I sit next to the projector under the raked chairs where the audience is sitting, and watch him present. He won’t be able to see me, as he’d be blinded by the projector, but I can see him.”


Anima and Animus by Emma Jung

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  1. Deborah Gregory

    Wow! What was an amazing conversation that continues to help us all on our Animus and Anima journeys! Your listeners might enjoy reading my three year, four part “Journey of Love: The Animus Diet” posted on my poetry and Jungian website. Here’s Part 1: http://theliberatedsheep.com/journey-love-animus-diet/ Warm autumnal blessings, Deborah.

  2. artemis

    In the Celtic Irish tradition , there are male archetypes that have traits that are nurturing or emotionally expressive, (the Dagda,has a cauldron that feeds everyone, and a harp that makes music for sleeping, laughing and dancing) also in this tradition make and female pairing happens when new growth is fertilized.


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