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woman manA few words of clarification on C.G. Jung’s concepts referred to in yesterday’s post. When speaking of feminine and masculine in the archetypal sense, it’s not about biological sex of women and men nor the construct of gender. Instead, as Bonnie McCarson explains,

part of the process of individuation is becoming aware of the opposites, the polarities within oneself. Within everyone there are masculine and feminine aspects, archetypal qualities that are opposites. These qualities or aspects are also reflected in our culture.

In individuation we work toward balance and integration, both within ourselves and our society. But before we can move toward balance and integration, we must first recognize the opposites and become aware of their place within us (and society).

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