Decoded Symbolism

The Animus Archetype: The Man In Woman

The psyche as a totality contains male and female opposites. Carl Jung classified the masculine counterpart in women as the animus. In simple terms, the animus is the corresponding representative of the masculine principle in a woman’s unconscious. The consequences of a woman who identifies with her animus are that she adopts the negative attitudes…

Decoded Symbolism

The Anima Archetype: The Woman in Men

The anima archetype plays a central role in the psychological development of a man. She represents the “True Self” and possesses the secret knowledge of the unconscious which ultimately serves as a bridge between the ego and the world of the suprapersonal. In Carl Jung’s Collective Works, the eminent psychologist describes the anima archetype as…

Decoded Symbolism

The Mother Complex

According to the psychoanalysts, Carl Jung, the root of every psychological complex has an archetype at its centre. The mother complex can be one of the most disruptive entities in the psyche. She can manifest as sadness, depression, feelings of loss, loveless relationships, an unwillingness to make sacrifices and a detachment from life. Complexes typically…