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1 Antipathy or animosity.

2 Intention, purpose, or motivation.

3 In analytical psychology, the masculine principle present as an archetype (2) in the female collective unconscious, characterized by focused consciousness, authority, and respect. It is the counterpart of the anima in the male unconscious, and it functions as a psychopomp connecting the ego and the unconscious. According to Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), ‘In its primary unconscious form the animus is a compound of spontaneous, unpremeditated opinions which exercise a powerful influence on the woman's emotional life’ (Collected Works, 16, paragraph 521). See also imago (1), syzygy. [From Latin animus mind or spirit]

Subjects: Psychology.

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