For your most intimate and significant relationship with the opposite sex, look within yourself-to anima and animus, the archetypal symbols that define and celebrate the presence of the Feminine in men and the Masculine in women. These compelling figures express inner realities of psyche and spirit with which we all must grapple in putting together the pieces of our individual identities-whether we are married or single, sexually active or celibate, heterosexual or homosexual. They ultimately provide a bridge between the ego and the deepest Self, opening the way to profound self-knowledge and spiritual transformation. The authors use their broad backgrounds in psychology, theology, philosophy, and the arts to follow the archetypes from clinical practice into a fascinating range of cultural manifestations, particularly in the world's great literature-from Dante to Pasternak-making this book the most wide-ranging study to date of these central concepts in Jungian psychology.
Ann Belford Ulanov
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The Ulanovs have created a remarkable exploration of the human psyche in regards to our sexual identities and relations. With numerous examples from literature and history, as well as case studies from their own practices, these two Jungian analysts draw vivid pictures of the damage and healing available to us through our "contrasexual" identity. The writing is dense to be sure, but readable, and the human truths expressed are understandable and familiar. Don't look for any simple, step by step answers here, though. The Ulanovs acknowledge the deep complexities of the human soul and the ultimate mysteries as well.
This study of anima and animus is essential for anyone interested in the subject. I would compare it to Emma Jung's essays.
Book is a bit difficult to read, but otherwise as advertised.
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