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Androgyny: The Opposites Within (Jung on the Hudson Books) Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Scientists and mystics throughout history have realized that every human being is a carrier of opposite and complementary life energies. Given a variety of names -- yin and yang, poetic and rational, emotional and intellectual, feminine and masculine -- these energies exist in everyone, regardless of sex. Androgyny involves recognizing the eternal flux of these opposing energies within us.
On a journey that takes us through Taoism, Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Astrology, Tibetan Tantra, Kundalini Yoga, and the works of Plato, Freud, and Jung, June Singer shows how crucial awareness of the androgynous soul has been to those inquiring into the mysteries of human nature. Consciousness of our own androgyny can lead to a new sense of personal unity within the larger universe. It is no accident that men and women today are expressing previously undeveloped sides of their natures.
One of the most thorough investigations of the subject in the current literature, Androgyny is full of psychological and spiritual insights that speak to today's sexual confusion. Singer shows how we can embrace both complementary and contradictory attitudes toward sex and gender. Finally, she proposes a range of choices by which we can identify ourselves, secure that the masculine/feminine interaction within each of us is not only normal but the dynamic factor in our wholeness.
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It focuses tangentaly on Jung's conceptions, but largely ignores psychological research in the area of androgyny and elaboration since Jung's earlier work by psychologists. Moreover, she comes across as an advocate of androgyny but without citing evidence to justify it as a fully desirable state, only supposition.
What June does do very well, however, is offer a metaphysical guide to archetypes of androgyny throughout many cultures, drawing on Taoism, Gnosticism, Kabbalah and Yoga interpretations. It offers a cross-cultural perspective on androgyny throughout the ages, and shows androgyny to be a part of human nature that rises and falls periodically throughout the ages, which has been called "the hidden river ... nourishing religion and literature... bringing a torrent of reaction against an overwhelmingly one-sided political situation". As such, it is a powerful reference for the student of the arts in offering cultural interpretations, but its contribution to the field of Jungian psychology and sexuality is rather meager. Psychologists and students who follow the reference of Singer's book from other resources will be largely disappointed and dissatisfied that the "hype" doesn't match the content. I would dearly love to see a follow-up or second edition, to see the contribution June Singer could bring to the modern use, and mis-use, of androgyny as a concept.