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Puer aeternus

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The puer in Jungian psychology
Like all archetypes, the ''puer'' is bi-polar, exhibiting both a "positive" and a "negative" aspect. The "positive" side of the ''puer'' appears as the Divine Child who symbolizes newness, potential for growth, hope for the future. He also foreshadows the hero that he sometimes becomes (e.g. [[Heracles]]). The "negative" side is the child-man who refuses to grow up and meet the challenges of life face on, waiting instead for his ship to come in and solve all his problems.
"For the time being one is doing this or that, but whether it is a woman or a job,... it is ''not yet'' what is really wanted, and there is always the fantasy that sometime in the future the real thing will come about.... The one thing dreaded throughout by such a type of man is to be bound to anything whatever."<ref>von Franz, p.8</ref>
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