Women, Stereotypes And Archetypes

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The book Women, Stereotypes and Archetypes, by Manisha Roy,  explores the complexity of modern woman’s identity which is no longer supported by convenient but limiting stereotypes.

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The book Women, Stereotypes and Archetypes, by Manisha Roy,  explores the complexity of modern woman’s identity which is no longer supported by convenient but limiting stereotypes. The book tries to answer following questions :

How do the women handle the confusion arising from such a loss?

If stereotypes are rejected can understanding of the meaning and function of the archetypes in human psyche offer the majority of women guidelines to a secure identity?

Is an American woman’s problem of identity different from that of a woman of another culture?

And finally, where does all this change and crisis lead?  Examples from the author’s analytical practice of 40 years and life-long anthropological research and teaching are used to support her observations and conclusions.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 3

Archetypes 8

The Cultural Component 15

Stereotypes 17

PART ONE Chapter  One: Cultural Archetypes 23

Introduction 23

Western Experience: Setting the Stage 24

Struggle Between the Sexes 49

The Goddess Disappears — The Historical Background 49

The Goddess is Replaced — The Psychological Parallel 52

Femininity Devalued — The Splitting of the Archetype 54

The New Consciousness — A Double-Faced Janus? 58

Separation from the Mother — A New Independence:  Identification with the Animus 61

Revenge of the Mother: Emotional Suffering Begins 63

The Dynamics of Marriage 64

Husband’s Role 65

Divorce and Women 66

Women’s Movement 69

Surrender to Suffering: New Identity? New Consciousness? 73

Chapter Two: Indian Experience 77

Another Version of the Balance Between the Sexes 77

Mythology: The Goddess and the Gods 77

Indian Women Today: Interplay of Life and Archetypes 84

Sanskaar and Shakti 87

Compartmentalization 91

Prolonged Projections 93

Conclusion 94

PART TWO

Chapter Three: Individuals and Archetypes 99

Introduction 99

Identification, Projection and Integration 100

Childhood and Adolescence 104

Joyce 104

Sexuality – Awakening 113

Adolescence and Mental Health 117

Formal Education 119

Chapter Four: Adult Life 125

Many Choices, More Confusions 125

Archetypes Live Through Changing Roles 128

Love and Marriage 130

Elizabeth’s Marriage 134

Betrayal in Marriage 139

Motherhood: Wanda 142

Other Alternatives 147

An Example of a Balanced Life 152

Addendum (written ten years later, in 1982) 156

Brief Comments 156

Chapter Five: Aging Years and Death 159

New Longevity, New Challenge  162

Psychological Implications: Letting Go and Developing  Impersonal Interests 163

Animus as Spiritual Guide to Death and Beyond 167

Chapter Six: Concluding Remarks 171

A Schematic Theme of the Interplay of the Ego and  the Archetypes in a Woman’s Life 175

Additional References 181

Descriptions of Terms and Concepts as They Are Used in This Book 185

About the Author 191

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