Animus is a masculine Latin noun for "soul" or "breath." Ancient Romans believed that one's animus resided in the chest; when a person died, his or her soul escaped from the body with the breath. Anima was associated with emotion and the heart; its metaphysical counter part, animus, was manifested in the brain and in one's sense of logic.
In Jungian psychology anima and animus are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind as well as the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self. The anima and animus are described as elements of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of the female it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus. Jung believed that every woman has an analogous animus within her psyche, this being a set of unconscious masculine attributes and potentials.
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