Wise Old Man and Wise Old Woman  

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The Wise Old Woman and the Wise Old Man (in Jung's theory of analytical psychology) are archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. 'The "wise old woman"...[or] helpful "old woman" is a well-known symbol in myths and fairy tales for the wisdom of the eternal female nature'. The 'Wise Old Man, or some other very powerful aspect of eternal masculinity' is her male counterpart.


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