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Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales Paperback – Nov 2002


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189457401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894574013
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 41 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Eleanor Cowan on 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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A classic Jungian analysis of the contrasexual complexes Nov. 8 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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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