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animus

Pronunciation: an′i-mŭs

Definition:

  1. In jungian psychology, the masculine archetype from the collective unconscious that manifests in a woman in dreams or in the imagination as a mediator between the unconscious and the ego; provides an unknown template for relating to men.
  2. The animating masculine life force inspiring analysis, judgment, firm beliefs, and conviction.
  3. The personification of the soul, or soul-image, experienced as not-I.

[L. anima, soul]

See Also: animatism, anima

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