I. noun 1.
[Psychoanalysis] (in Jungian psychology) the feminine part of a man’s personality.Often contrasted with animus (sense 3).
[Psychoanalysis] the part of the psyche which is directed inwards, in touch with the subconscious.
• persona and anima switch roles and merge in slow, smooth ways.
Often contrasted with persona.
– origin 1920s: from Latin, ‘mind, soul’.