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assured me that their inmost, most authentic feeling was telling them to do thus and so, while I could clearly see the troll smirking behind this “feeling”! In such situations there are only two things that help to clarify the situation —time and dreams. If one can wait patiently, most of the time the deepest motivations and needs become gradually more visible, and in the place of the impulsive possession by an affect, a kind of calm and sureness come from the inmost core of the psyche and make possible a responsible decision or step. Further help comes from dreams. Through them, if one knows how to interpret them psychologically correctly, one can usually see after a while if a wish for self-affirmation is vitally and genuinely desired in a way that comes from the divine spark and is therefore “necessary,” or if it is just the animus and the treacherous riddling princess playing their heartless power games. According to Jung, here we find ourselves on the brink of a completely new development never before dared; for on a closer look, we see that man and woman have never really been on that level of feeling before, or only in exceptional individual cases. On a primitive level, their relationship is a sexual one and a situation of common interest through which the inherent natural opposites are reconciled. Then comes the phase of the “broken state of enmity,” in which either, as in our culture, the masculine principle rules and the woman accommodates it and subordinates herself to it; or as, for example, in South India, where there is a sociological matriarchy and the reverse happens—the man is reshaped in accordance with the woman’s wishes. Our task at the present time seems to be to return not to the “enmity” but to its higher stage, that is, polarity, and out of this distinctness to build a real relationship that does not mean the violation of either the man or the woman. Among today’s younger generations, however, another tendency is taking shape, that is, a fairly thoroughgoing setting aside and blurring of the opposites. This is a symptom of the pushing to the surface of the unconscious, which masculinizes the woman through animus possession and feminizes the man through anima possession. This tendency goes in tandem with a general turning of the younger generation toward the unconscious, whether through drugs or through outbreaks of chaotic emotion. It looks as though all the old forms of consciousness have to be melted down before a new order can develop out of them. The great problem that plagues these young people as much as us is lack of knowledge concerning the powers of

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