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Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(1), 14-30; doi:10.3390/bs4010014
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Gender Legacies of Jung and Freud as Epistemology in Emergent Feminist Research on Late Motherhood

Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 9 December 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 8 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Analytical Psychology: Theory and Practice)
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Abstract: While conducting doctoral research in social science on late motherhood, two analytical engagements with the feminine came to my attention as evidence of a patriarchal bias toward the realm of womanhood. Jung’s mythopoetic tension between symbolism and enactments with the feminine and Freud’s supposition that a denial of the feminine was necessary for psychological and emotional development appeared to be perpetuating a social problem continuing in current times. Across affective behavior and narrative within stories of late procreative desire, dream journals and Word Association Tests of eight participants was the memory of a male sibling who had enjoyed primacy of place in the parental home over the daughter. The female body with a voice was missing in the one-sided perspectives of Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis on the subject of the feminine, until a whole view of psyche’s discontents in Feminist inspired Psychoanalytic theories from both schools on the female body were included. Freud and Jung’s views became evidence of patriarchy as background while extension of Feminist inspired psychoanalytical thinking, Queer theories and Creation Myth allowed new meanings of the embodied feminine to emerge through a recapitulation of a union of opposites as a union of epistemology and ethos. The essence of Jung’s mid-life theories, altered by modernity and eclipsed by female advancement, remains replicatable and paradigmatic outside of essentialist gender performance.
Keywords: anima/animus; feminine/masculine; women’s psychiatric diagnoses; feminism; queer; creation myth; alchemy; union of opposites anima/animus; feminine/masculine; women’s psychiatric diagnoses; feminism; queer; creation myth; alchemy; union of opposites
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Barone-Chapman, M. Gender Legacies of Jung and Freud as Epistemology in Emergent Feminist Research on Late Motherhood. Behav. Sci. 2014, 4, 14-30.

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Barone-Chapman M. Gender Legacies of Jung and Freud as Epistemology in Emergent Feminist Research on Late Motherhood. Behavioral Sciences. 2014; 4(1):14-30.

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Barone-Chapman, Maryann. 2014. "Gender Legacies of Jung and Freud as Epistemology in Emergent Feminist Research on Late Motherhood." Behav. Sci. 4, no. 1: 14-30.


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