about man's anima...

Updated: Feb 15



The anima is a factor of the utmost importance in the psychology of a man wherever emotions and effects are at work. She intensifies, exaggerates, falsifies, and mythologizes all emotional relations with his work and with other people of both sexes. The resultant fantasies and entanglements are all her doing. When the anima is strongly constellated, she softens the man’s character and makes him touchy, irritable, moody, jealous, vain, and unadjusted. He is then in a state of “discontent” and spreads discontent all around him.

Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, C.G. Jung


Anima is basically the woman in a man.


The various definitions of anima -

-an individual's true inner self

-the feminine principle, present in the male unconscious.

-the soul, especially the irrational part of the soul as distinguished from the rational mind.

-in Latin anima means - a current of air, wind, air, breath, the vital principle, life, soul.

(in Jungian psychology

- the feminine part of a man's personality.

-the unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer/social aspect of the personality.)


In the developmental years, being a boy, one creates gender identity and roles (consciously & unconsciously).

The individual builds up characteristics that emphasise the gender role and denies/suppresses traits that indicate the other sexuality.

But those denied/suppressed qualities are still within - the feminine qualities within the male.


Mostly, the character of a man's anima is formed on by his mother.

Thus the anima is the female component of a man's psyche. On being rejected/denied, it’s shadow is projected on ‘the woman’ in man’s life.


[This devising & filing process is similar to the one by which we create our Ego & Persona through the development of specific qualities (to acquire love & attention) while putting the opposite qualities into our shadow.]


If the anima is not accepted and integrated as a functional facet of a man’s life, it is projected outside leaving an emotion of incompleteness.

His wife/daughter/lover or ‘the woman’ in his life is fated to carry its shadow.


The integration of Anima requires the balance between ‘head’ and ‘heart’.

It also means to let oneself ‘feel’; no matter how senseless or irrational it sounds.





*Anima – female archetype – that desires intimate connection



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