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Katherine Hirsh: At Play Among the Opposites

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Archetypal Energies in Animus and Anima

October 16, 2021 | 10:00am CST – Zoom Presentation

Jung chose the inner feminine (anima) and inner masculine (animus) as key symbolic representations of the “not-me” aspects of self. They appear in our dreams, as projections, and have been linked to our typology via the Inferior Function. Given gender roles and gender identification are now seen as more about options and continua than givens or binaries, how should we re-imagine these figures for our own time? Let’s explore how we can take this idea of an energetic and evolving relationship to the “other” and ground it in concepts that speak to each of us in terms of growth, renewal, and regeneration rather than restricting or inhibiting our development.

About the Speaker

Dr. Hirsh is a partner in HirshWorks, LLC, a management and coaching consultancy devoted to improving the performance of individuals, groups, teams and organizations in their decision making, leadership, team work and teaching in order to increase personal and professional satisfaction and development. Dr Hirsh has been using psychological type and the MBTI® Tool in coaching, training, management consulting, education, and personal, professional and faculty development for over 25 years. She is a co-author with Elizabeth Hirsh and Sandra K. Hirsh of the second edition of Introduction to Type® and Teams and the second and third editions The MBTI® Teambuilding Program: Leader’s Resource Guide, co-author with Elizabeth Hirsh of Introduction to Type® and Decision Making and co-author with Elizabeth Hirsh and Jim Peak of Introduction to type® and reintegration: A framework for managing the transition home. CPP also publishes The MBTI® Decision-Making Style Report and portions of this report are integrated into the MBTI® Personal Impact Report. Dr Hirsh is active in the Type community, serving on the board of directors of the Association for Psychological Type International (APTi) in the tripartite role of President Elect-President-Past President from 2010-2012. She is a founding member of the APTi e-Chapter and was a program and curriculum evaluator for the APT International Online Learning Initiative.


“The animus and anima should function as a bridge, or a door, leading to the images of the collective unconscious, as the persona should be a sort of bridge into the world.”

C.G. Jung, Unpublished Seminar Notes. “Visions” I, p.116 as cited in C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 392

How do you feel you connect to the collective unconscious? How do you feel you connect to the world? Find or construct an image to represent your persona and how it connects you to the world and a second to represent your animus/a and how it connects you to the collective unconscious. You may find it helpful to use the bridge and/or the door mentioned by Jung as inspiration for creating your images.