It's one of rock's most mispronounced words. "AENIMA"

I've heard it pronounced a whole bunch of different ways, but there is one proper way to say it. Here is Adam Jones pronouncing it for an Australian radio host.

So there you have it, on-eh-muh. What's it mean? How about Maynard explaining that.

The term comes from psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung. And rather than me trying to explain it to you, this comes straight from the Wikipedia page.


Anima originated from Latin, and was originally used to describe ideas such as breath, soul, spirit or vital force. Jung began using the term in the early 1920s to describe the inner feminine side of men.


Animus originated from Latin, where it was used to describe ideas such as the rational soul, life, mind, mental powers, courage or desire. In the early nineteenth century, animus was used to mean "temper" and was typically used in a hostile sense. In 1923, it began being used as a term in Jungian psychology to describe the masculine side of women.



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