The Interpretation of Fairy Tales Setting & Symbolism

Marie-Louise von Franz
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The Self

The Self is Carl Jung's central psychological archetype, the unified consciousness and unconsciousness. According to Von Franz, all fairy tales involve some aspect of the Self.

Anima

Anima is the feminine essence buried in the unconscious of every man. This anima is playful, irrational, fantasy-oriented, creative, and instinctive. If a man does not have proper contact with his anima, he is neurotic.

Animus

Animus is the male essence buried in the unconscious of every female. It is destructive and aggressive. Several tales involving heroines warn about the danger of excess animus.

Shadow

The shadow is a double self, a mirror-image of the Self that contains a separate but related aspect of the Self that has splintered off. The Self must acknowledge the shadow, learn from the shadow, and finally re-incorporate the shadow in order to create a unified Self.

Once Upon a Time

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