Falling in Love

Falling in love is intoxicating. But it is also dangerous. It is no accident that we say we “fall” in love, because in this process we can easily lose our rationality and our common sense. In Jungian psychology we find a potent explanation of this process. In the unconscious of each man lies an anima, literally “soul”. This anima is feminine in nature, and is composed of all the elements of oneself that a man is trained to see as feminine, elements that don’t fit a masculine role. These elements tend to coalesce around the figure of an unknown woman, often a very powerful and elemental figure, which appears with regularity in a man’s dreams. The story for a woman is the same in revers

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