Originally Posted by INTP
[I]The anima is both a personal complex and an archetypal image of woman in the male psyche. It is an unconscious factor incarnated anew in every male child, and is responsible for the mechanism of projection. Initially identified with the personal mother, the anima is later experienced not only in other women but as a pervasive influence in a man’s life. (The personal mother mentioned here is not about the person's own mother but the female identity he idealized to embrace\protect him and soothe his fears...)
....she is the much needed compensation for the risks, struggles, sacrifices that all end in disappointment; she is the solace for all the bitterness of life. (The anima image is the hope\compensation\salvation for the areas that the self fails in life....)
... Because she is his greatest danger, she demands from a man his greatest, and if he has it in him she will receive it.["The Syzygy: Anima and Animus," CW 9ii, par. 24] (That image embodies an entity that is strong in areas that the self is weak in...and consequently the former is also the weakest in the self's strongest traits...hence the ying\yang...)
The anima is personified in dreams by images of women ranging from seductress to spiritual guide. It is associated with the eros principle, hence a man’s anima development is reflected in how he relates to women. Within his own psyche, the anima functions as his soul, influencing his ideas, attitudes and emotions. (The anima mechanism makes one aware of his inferiorities...and affects his actions...as well as makes him aware of members of either sex that are strong in those areas...in case the other is of the same sex, he is to be avoided, and if of the opposite sex, she is to be copulated with...)
The anima is not the soul in the dogmatic sense, not an anima rationalis, which is a philosophical conception, but a natural archetype that satisfactorily sums up all the statements of the unconscious, of the primitive mind, of the history of language and religion. . . . It is always the a priori element in [a man's] moods, reactions, impulses, and whatever else is spontaneous in psychic life.["Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious," CW 9i, par. 57.] (The anima process is related to the directive to REPRODUCE...therefore it is coded in the very primitive\earlier regions of the brain\nervous system...therefore due to having formed later than the former, ego is unconscious of its affects...as a sidenote, N/S functions may be residing in a similar region...)
The anima . . . . 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.["Concerning the Archetypes and the Anima Concept,"[ ibid., par. 144.] As an inner personality, the anima is complementary to the persona and stands in a compensatory relationship to it. (I am not sure what he meant by anima being strongly constellated... Does he mean an overactive anima...? When do a man's anima be overactive...? When he's horny? Does this mean his anima shuts down for a while after sex?)
The persona, the ideal picture of a man as he should be, is inwardly compensated by feminine weakness, and as the individual outwardly plays the strong man, so he becomes inwardly a woman, i.e., the anima, for it is the anima that reacts to the persona. But because the inner world is dark and invisible . . . and because a man is all the less capable of conceiving his weaknesses the more he is identified with the persona, the persona’s counterpart, the anima, remains completely in the dark and is at once projected, so that our hero comes under the heel of his wife’s slipper.["Anima and Animus," CW 7, par. 309.] (It is noteworthy to mention here that what he means by persona being an ideal picture of a man is not that the ideal is defined by external\societal factors but internal\personal factors... so it is not a consciously constructed masculine persona... it is the other way around... we base our definition of masculine identity on our matured persona (conscious self, external image) and then the anima process analyzes it to define its complementary version, which then becomes our personal feminine identity, which we project onto other females to check for compatibility...when a match is found it raises hormones and alarms and signals for copulation...)
Hence the character of the anima can generally be deduced from that of the persona; all those qualities absent from the outer attitude will be found in the inner. (Persona is the conscious self i.e. our MBTI type herein...The qualities absent from it do not derive from the unconscious self but the conscious self...the anima process may be residing in the unconscious but it works on the conscious self... so the weaknesses it detects are aimed to alleviate the weaknesses of the conscious self...i.e. the primary self that operates in the external environment...the shadow self is the secondary\backup self that awakens when the primary one cannot cope and collapses under stress...anima aims to alleviate the weakness not in the person but in the offspring, i.e. next generation...it's like an ongoing error correction mechanism in a manufacturing plant...it learns from its mistakes...and tries to produce the product that is best suited to an ever-changing external demand...)
Not directly related but check at 2:00 onwards and specifically at 8:20...I'd recommend watching the entire clip as well...
Edit: The older a code in our physiology is, the farther it is from the awareness of our conscious self (persona) since the conscious self coding is extremely young in comparison to our root coding that carried us all the way to here from billion years ago...the root coding serves as a self-deployment and manufacturing plant for the survival and continuation of all species...it has to be originating from the same start point...
I've always wandered a certain species becoming conscious of itself is a trick\tool employed by the root code so that it can also spread to outside of this world...
Edit 2: It feels as if it isn't we but the root code that is trying survive and withstand time... are we just vessels for that information... are we recording the history or existence of this universe...?