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Aspects of the Masculine Paperback – May 1, 1989
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'The Editor's insightful introduction and careful selection of Jung's papers are invaluable in enabling the interested reader to trace Jung's personal quest on the path to the discovery of his own masculinity through his writings on the Hero; the personal and collective unconscious; the Stages of Life; the personification of the opposites; anima/animus; Mercurius and alchemy.' - Ann Casement, Analytical Psychologist/Anthropologist; 'While the power and influence of the animus appears everywhere throughout Jung's writings, John Beebe has judiciously chosen just the right essays to focus our attention on the subject, making this work absolutely essential reading if we are to understand the enigma of the masculine and its role in defining the spiritual meaning of gender.' - Eugene Taylor, Harvard Medical School --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Although we like to consider ourselves unique, I don't think hardly any of us could argue with Jung's insights on masculinity. It turns out there are a limited number of psychological experiences we can encounter which manifest in yet again a limited number of archetypes. So, the masculine journey we find, follows most closely that journey of the supreme example of the Father, the Sun. The sun rises in the morning, reaches it's apex at high noon where it shines the most light, and makes it's way back down to the nebulous realm below the horizon. Symbolically, in life the male rises from the primordial unconscious, attains Ego after much striving, only to begin to lose libido as he approaches old age, again descending to the unconscious.
But we find Nature abhors a vacuum and this loss of libido is compensated by the Anima, or the feminine side all men possess. We in older age become softer, gentler and more creative, or else we stultify and become rigid, set in our ways as if those ways depend solely on us to carry them forward. Having attained the age of forty five, I can relate deeply to this book and the phases of life it brings to light. Not only in others do I see these psychological workings, but in myself as well.
Because of works like these, I consider Jung a pioneer. Not just in psychological knowledge does he excel, but in the prudential variety as well. One would do good to read closely books such as these and ponder their nuances and even echoes in one's life.