Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

A term from Jungian Psychology referring to that Archetype within the male collective unconscious which represents the feminine aspect. The nature of a man's individual anima is discovered through its projections into the outer world, where its incarnations include the male's own mother and (certainly in fantasy texts) literal manifestations of the Goddess – as Lamia, as Muse and in her own right. The term "animus" was used by Jung to refer correspondingly to the woman's masculine side, but this term had narrower application because women were not deemed to have the same capacity of projection or the same creative needs. [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.