Anima meaning

ăn'ə-mə
The inner self of an individual; the soul.
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In Jungian psychology:
  • The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
  • The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.
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In Jungian psychology, the feminine component of the unconscious of a man, specif. when apprehended as a female figure by the psyche.
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In Jungian psychology:
  • The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
  • The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.
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The soul or inner self of a person.
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(Jungian psychology) The inner self (not the external persona) of a person that is in touch with the unconscious as opposed to the persona.
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(Jungian psychology) The unconscious feminine aspect of a male.
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Life principle; soul.
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Origin of anima

  • Latin anə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin anima (“a current of air, wind, air, breath, the vital principle, life, soul”), sometimes equivalent to animus (“mind”), both from Proto-Indo-European *ane- (“to breathe, blow”); see animus. Cognate with Ancient Greek άνεμος (ánemos, “wind”), Old English anda (“anger, envy, zeal”). More at onde.
    From Wiktionary