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Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales [Paperback]

Marie-Louise von Franz
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Book by Franz, Marie-Luise von, Sharp, Daryl

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening! April 25 2014
There is much good news in this collection. One need never be overwhelmed: Genuine gifts are given, based not on the resolutions analysis provides but upon how handicaps are viewed - with detached interest and compassion or with fear and self-criticism.

For example, a frequent figure in fairy tales, the simpleton, Ivan, has more chance of success than do his smarter brothers. Why? Because, in his naiveté he is more open to new information and to spontaneous action than either of his more self-satisfied siblings. These skeletal tales, then, devoid of character development, provide the bare bones of patterns of behavior that can work for or against integration. Von Franz candidly suggests that disabilities can work in one's favour as a starting point:

"These patterns, repeated motifs (of conflict) in fairy tales are always linked with emotions, always a handicap in the outer world; always linked with the mystical." (MLVF)

Eleanor Cowan, author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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Written by Marie-Louise von Franz (a colleague of Jung who worked closely with him for nearly thirty years), and capably edited by Daryl Sharp for contemporary readers, Animus And Anima In Fairy Tales is a classic Jungian analysis of the contrasexual complexes (animus and anima) as found in fairy tales, and what these say about the human mindset and human behavior. A profound, philosophical, college-level dissection of deep-seated motivational concepts in a powerful form of literature, Animus And Anima In Fairy Tales is a welcome and recommended addition to Jungian Psychology Studies reading list or reference collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Jungian analysis of the contrasexual complexes Nov. 8 2002
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Written by Marie-Louise von Franz (a colleague of Jung who worked closely with him for nearly thirty years), and capably edited by Daryl Sharp for contemporary readers, Animus And Anima In Fairy Tales is a classic Jungian analysis of the contrasexual complexes (animus and anima) as found in fairy tales, and what these say about the human mindset and human behavior. A profound, philosophical, college-level dissection of deep-seated motivational concepts in a powerful form of literature, Animus And Anima In Fairy Tales is a welcome and recommended addition to Jungian Psychology Studies reading list or reference collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening! April 25 2014
By Eleanor Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
There is much good news in this collection. One need never be overwhelmed: Genuine gifts are given, based not on the resolutions analysis provides but upon how handicaps are viewed - with detached interest and compassion or with fear and self-criticism.

For example, a frequent figure in fairy tales, the simpleton, Ivan, has more chance of success than do his smarter brothers. Why? Because, in his naiveté he is more open to new information and to spontaneous action than either of his more self-satisfied siblings. These skeletal tales, then, devoid of character development, provide the bare bones of patterns of behavior that can work for or against integration. Von Franz candidly suggests that disabilities can work in one's favour as a starting point:

"These patterns, repeated motifs (of conflict) in fairy tales are always linked with emotions, always a handicap in the outer world; always linked with the mystical." (MLVF)

Eleanor Cowan, author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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