Psychiatry & Psychology--General/animus

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Hello, I once sought treatment from a psychotherapist who informed me that he thinks i got my animus from my mother rather than my father.  After i researched the animus and learnt it is the masculine part os a females psyche i felt a little confused as to exactly what this means for me.  I was really just curious as to how i would differ from a woman who identified with her animus through her father.  Thank you.

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Hi, laura, there's no way for me to know what your therapist meant, of course. However, the purpose of all psychological interpretations such as this is to take a problem that the patient is having trouble with, to put it into a different context according to the therapist's preferred theory, in a way that enables the patient to have an improved outlook over their problem and an improved ability to deal with that problem. There is no 'truth' or 'best' interpretation, because all can be equally true. What's important to you is 'does it feel true/right for you'? If so, keep it. If not, seek further.

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Bruce Borkosky, Psy.D.

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any related to psychology, especially related to forensic psychology

Experience

15 years as a licensed psychologist, 15 years in private practice. My practice began primarily doing individual and group psychotherapy, is now devoted to assessments, but I occasionally do take on clients in therapy.

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American Psychological Association

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B.A. psychology, B.A., music, Ohio Wesleyan U., 1978 MCS, computer science, University of Dayton, 1984 MA, psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1991 Psy.D., psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1993 post doctoral training in Neuropsychology, Fielding Institute, 1995-1997

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