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Jung's term for the inner part of the personality, or the female component of a masculine personality, 1923, from fem. of Latin animus "the rational soul; life; the mental powers, intelligence" (see animus).
anima an·i·ma (ān'ə-mə)
The inner self of an individual; the soul.
In Jungian psychology, the unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
In Jungian psychology, the feminine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the male.