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Pronunciation: an′i-mă


  1. In jungian psychology, the feminine archetype from the collective unconscious that manifests itself in men in dreams or in the imagination as a mediation between the unconscious and the ego, thus providing an unconscious template for relating to women.
  2. The animating female life force inspiring relatedness, sense of worth, and emotional response.
  3. The personification of the soul or self-image, experienced as not-I.

[L. breath, soul]

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