By Austin Osman Spare
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18 He says that as long as a man is unconscious of his anima it is frequently projected upon a real woman. 19 He sees the anima not only as an aspect of the individual's unconscious, but also as an archetype of the collective unconscious; thus the animus and anima "have given rise to mythological gods and goddesses". 20 He maintains that men are nearly always unconscious of their anima, and have enormous difficulty in recognising what it is; most men tend to project it on to a real woman, "thus 36 Thomas Hardy: Psychologt'cal Novelt'st gwmg rise to magically complicated relationships" and even "pathological consequences".
Pierston is aware of "the fearful lapse from reasonableness" 38 in himself. The changing embodiments of the well-beloved are completely beyond rational control. Each time, he feels "that the Beloved had emerged from the shadows without any hint or initiative from him", 39 that "it was certainly not a wanton game of my own instigation". 40 Likewise, its departure seems to occur as an event outside himself. He describes the change from seeing "a divinity" to seeing "a corpse" as something that simply happens to him; he is either "powerless" in the grip of an idealising passion 41 or he has lost all feeling for the woman who seemed to embody the ideal.
The "scared and enervated lady" is as annoying to her "strange, hard, brutal" husband because of her clinging jealousy as she was when she was infatuated with the memory and statue of her first husband. Some Minor Works 25 This story is extraordinary in a number of ways. First its date; it was first published in 1890 in the Christmas number of The Graphic. Yet it contains a detailed account of an experiment in aversion therapy. But the use of conditioning as a therapeutic process had hardly begun in the 1930s, and it was not really developed until the 1950s.
A Book of Satyrs by Austin Osman Spare