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#51 Thu 12th Nov 2009 08:54 am

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Wisdom and Love and Honor...Thank You, SW
This Resonated With Me Today!
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The Anima « The Third Eve:
http://eve3.wordpress.com/2007/11/01/the-anima/


The Anima


...the man’s inner female self.

Psychologically, the anima functions in a man as his soul, so to speak. Jung described the anima as “the archetype of life itself,??? and maintained an ongoing dialogue and partnership with his personal anima. When a man is full of life he is “animated.??? The man with no connection to his soul feels dull and listless; he also appears to be dull, listless, and boring. Whether we call it depression or boredom, this particular loss of soul has been around since the dawn of time. For thousands of years, among so-called primitive peoples, this state of being has been known as loss of soul.

This inner feminine often appears in a man’s dreams about the same time as his shadow self appears. His anima will be a female figure, while his shadow side will be male. A man’s inner image of woman is initially determined by his experience of his personal mother or closest female caregiver. It is later modified through contact with other women–friends, relatives, teachers–but the experience of the personal mother is so powerful and long-lasting that a man is naturlaly attracted to those women who are much like her–or, as often happens, her direct opposite. That is to say, he may yearn for what he’s known, or seek to escape it at all costs.

The anima personifies all the feminine psychological tendencies within the man, such as prophetic hunches, intuitions, moods, receptivity, capacity for personal love, a feeling for nature, and his relation to the unconscious. Just as in ancient times, females were used as diviners to fathom the divine will, to translate it, and to make a connection between man and the gods, so too the anima connects a man to the great unknown.
Stages of Anima Development

Jung distinguished four broad stages of the anima in the course of a man’s psychological development. He personified these, according to classical stages of eroticism, as Eve, Helen, Mary and Sophia.

In the first stage, Eve, the man’s anima is completely tied up with the mother–not necessarily his personal mother, but the image of woman as faithful provider of nourishment, security, and love. The first eve represents all that is natural, instinctual, and biological. The man with an anima of this type cannot function well without a vital connection to a woman and is easy prey to being controlled by her. He frequently suffers impotence or has no sexual desire at all. Other ways in which this type of anima possession manifests are through fear of accidents or disease, or in a sort of dullness of personality. The Greek Sirens or the German Lorelei personify this dangerous aspect of the anima, which may even lead a man to his death. This illustrates what is true of other psychological content, namely that it has two aspects, benevolent and malefic.
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In the second stage, personified in the historical figure of Helenof Troy, the anima is a collective sexual image. She is Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie. The man under her spell is often a Don Juan who engages in repeated sexual adventures. These will invariably be short-lived, for two reasons: (1) he has a fickle heart, and (2) no real woman can live up to the expectations that go with this unconscious, ideal image.
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The third stage of the anima is Mary, who raises love to the heights of spiritual devotion. It manifests in religious feelings and a capacity for genuine friendship with women. The man with an anima of this kind is able to see a woman as she is, independent of his own needs. His sexuality is integrated into his life, not an autonomous function that drives him. He can differentiate between love and lust. He is capable of lasting relationships because he can tell the difference between the object of his desire and his inner image of woman.
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In the fourth stage, as Sophia (called Wisdom in the Bible), a man’s anima functions as a guide to the inner life, mediating to consciousness the contents of the unconscious. Sophia is behind the need to grapple with the grand philosophical issues, the search for meaning. She is Beatrice in Dante’s Inferno, the creative muse in any artist’s life. She is a natural mate for the archetypal wise old man in the male psyche. Jung commented that “in the psychic development of modern man this stage is rarely reached,??? a comment Jung made in 1964 and which I find very interesting indeed (195).
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Theoretically, a man’s anima development proceeds through these stages as he grows older. When the possibilities of one have been exhausted, the psyche stimulates the move to the next stage. This move seldom happens without a struggle or a crisis of some sort that helps to move a man forward in his anima development, but the move forward is always worthwhile, for it leads him ever onward, to his true inner home.
Pitfalls

As with any psychological content, anima relations have their pitfalls. For example, a man may be captured by his anima, so to speak, and so identify with her that he finds her in an actual woman, marries or partners with her, and is led away from his responsibility to himself. In fairy tales, this problem is often represented by the false bride character.

When inner realities are not recognized or owned, they appear in the outside world through projection. Thus, if a man’s anima is lonely and desperate for attention, he will tend to fall in love with dependent women who demand his time and energy. The man with a mother-bound anima will choose a woman who wants to take care of him. The man not living up to his potential will be attracted to women who goad him on and make more of him than he would otherwise be. In other words, whatever qualities a man does not recognize or develop within himself will confront him in real life.

Negative manifestations of the ignored or repressed anima can be seen in a man’s waspish and poisonous remarks, whereby he gives the image of a person playing a destructive intellectual game. He may become such a pseudo-intellectual that he loses all joy and spontaneity in life and becomes stalled by always ruminating on it.

Jung pointed out that the problem of admiring or worshiping the anima in a collective sense, as in goddess worship, is that she loses her individual aspects as soon as she is shared. A man’s anima is meant to be his and his alone; once she is projected into the world rather than integrated into his very being, a man becomes either a “victim of his erotic fantasies or compulsively dependent on one actual woman??? (Jung 198).
How She Serves

The anima serves the man by working as his guide to the unconscious. Like the animus in a woman, the anima also becomes the mediator of the religious spiritual experience “whereby life acquires new meaning???
(Jung 207). Without the anima development, a man finally arrives at a place in his life where he realizes his life is without meaning. This is an indication that he has some work to do with his anima. The man who recalls his anima projections and becomes to himself what he longs to find outside himself finds that his suffering is worthwhile, for it makes him a deeper, more vibrantly alive, and creative human being.


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#52 Thu 12th Nov 2009 01:24 pm

Palehorse Redivivus
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Thanks for that, Eagle... I've been working a lot with my anima and trying to find all the good info on the subject that I can get my hands on, and there's some good stuff the above for me.  *three thumbs up*

Interestingly the street I lived on during childhood was "Lorelei."  This is turning out to be oddly synchronstic, and not in a good way, though it's good that its given me something specific to recognize and work out.  W00t.


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#53 Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:08 am

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Negative manifestations of the ignored or repressed anima can be seen in a man’s waspish and poisonous remarks, whereby he gives the image of a person playing a destructive intellectual game. He may become such a pseudo-intellectual that he loses all joy and spontaneity in life and becomes stalled by always ruminating on it.

Jung pointed out that the problem of admiring or worshiping the anima in a collective sense, as in goddess worship, is that she loses her individual aspects as soon as she is shared. A man’s anima is meant to be his and his alone; once she is projected into the world rather than integrated into his very being, a man becomes either a “victim of his erotic fantasies or compulsively dependent on one actual woman??? (Jung 198).

Thanks for sharing that Eagle.  Put things into perspective. Very reflective of my current situation; the above mentioned are two bridges to watch for.  The bitter suspiciousness and over-analytic thought loops have brought spontaneity to a halt (for a long time i might add) and I find myself engaging the world without much passion for what I am doing: detachment, fear of intimacy, doubt, sexual frustration and social avoidance are stirring up the external/internal tensions to a crescendo ...Time to make a shift.

Someone is knocking at my disjointed emo-center, and I try to rationalize away what it wants to show me. Dreams with female protagonists have been rather prolific.  In the most vivid, I recall escaping my toxic father's presence; he wanted to "take me home", where ever that was, so I entered this car with a younger woman in it... can't recall her features...I think she was latina-ish with some black hair and glasses.  She said she was headed south, which i suppose is where I wanted to go in this dream (I am also a bit homesick and my previous residence is south of me geographically).  She showed me a black and white yearbook with a bunch of stoic men with long beards...dunno...i should do some research to mull this out a bit more. 

Also, another odd tidbit; this morning before waking I recall a dream segment where I was sitting at a bench in the park and what felt like an older lady sat next to me and reported to me (i guess she was playing her hand at psychic/oracle) that my mother was republican and that i have two children the ages of 12 and 14.  Both incorrect in a literal sense. Then asked if I have a job. I don't, but have been thinking about doing less lab work next semester and try my hand at a service-to-others gig.  In some sense I am indebted to do so given these many years of remote passivity. 

For now on my little black book will be in hands reach.  Too much info is lost otherwise  big_smile

Anyhoot, great thread !

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#54 Sat 14th Nov 2009 03:45 am

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