Henry and June by Anaïs Nin
Reflections, thoughts and insights of being a therapist in the city of light and love. In Joaquin Nin resexualized his relationship with his own daughter. Anais met Henry Miller and his wife June in the early 's and. It chronicles her affair with Henry Miller and his wife, June. autobiographical account of Anaïs Nin's sexual awakening is without parallel in modern letters. Anais Nin and Henry Miller; not from the same period Find your next great read ; Get writing advice from authors you love; Enjoy fascinating facts. Anais Nin and Henry Miller were a pair of famous writers whose era spanned an incestuous relationship with her father (Nin, Pole, ) (House of Incest, )(Bair, ). . Complexes: Diagnosis and Therapy in Analytical Psychology.
She then proceeded to live a double life full of lies and deception. She and Rupert lived on the West coast in California and she flew often back East under the pretense of writing assignments to be with Hughes. She published her diaries, which were said to have been heavily edited by Anais in Her libertine sexual exploits and multiple abortion history lead her to be acclaimed by the feminist movement at that time.
Literary scholars debated the merits of her writing and the difficulty in deciphering what was truth from fiction. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, she preferred to spend the majority of time with Rupert Pole, than husband Hugh Guiler. She died in at the age of Another slap in the face was that she left all her writings entrusted to Pole for future publication. Anais, like every sexual abuse victim was prematurely sexualized, which is extremely confusing to the child when the perpetrator is someone invested with their trust and love.
In general they have a tendency to come across more seductive in dress and behavior because that is the only value they are able to see in themselves to offer in any relationship. This coupled with their loss of boundaries results in them being easily taken advantage sexually. Where Anais Nin differs from the majority of sexual abuse victims is her underlying severe narcissism with overlapping sociopathic tendencies. She does not seem to express any remorse for the long-standing deception and bigamous marriage that she kept going on for over 20 years, nor any gratitude towards long-suffering Hugh who was always by her side.
Yet, with Hugh Guiler, whom she emotionally abused and neglected during her entire marriagehe ironically became her substitute father. Miller spent his life escaping his childhood YouTube, We know that it was very dysfunctional.
It seems reasonable to assume that Miller had both a negative father and mother complex. Diekmann teaches us about the pathology of the positive mother complex. He states that complexes go deep into the unconscious as well as into the collective unconscious.
The stronger the complex the more it dominates the psyche in pathological forms. This becomes a spiraling psychological event which must increasingly remain unconscious. It seems reasonable that Miller would have a strong abandonment complex and an overpowering need for a nurturing feminine mother figure.
Diekmann describes one form of the positive mother complex in which it can: How can we see this in Miller? Miller was obsessed with endless sexual encounters, of every variety with women, either individually or in groups, the wilder the better.
He continued feeding his sexual appetites until his death at age 81 at which time he was living with a young Playboy Bunny. One may ask rhetorically: If you are obsessed with the carnality of sex, can you ever find encompassing love in it? What sorrows at the core of their unconscious led them to find the creative complex in themselves? They had both suffered deep loss from their families in different ways.
They both sought transformation of their inner tension, which had been raised to ego consciousness, through the inspiration found in the muse archetype and the creative energy contained in the Great Mother archetype.
Jung, Their unconscious need was to increase their own sense of authenticity, greater personal awareness, and love. It is that longing which can bring truer understanding of the self. But this involves the resolution of the alienation between ego and self which requires ego awareness initially, and ultimately the surrender of the ego, the dissolution of the polarities between ego and soul, and achievement of the transcendental function.
The presence of the right human muse, as was the case with Miller and Nin, can enhance this. Jung termed this a reconciliation with ourselves, a transcendental function Jung, Often, it may be a fleeting thing, yet our deepest yearnings for transcendent awareness and love, which is so deeply a part of us, will keep us longing.
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We have sacrificed our identity in the process, and partially dissolved our egos and the experience has been transformative, but the road to individuation is a lonely one. Even though both had significant negative complexes to deal with, an incarnate muse love in a mysterious way transcended them and they were able to function independently after the fires of their passion cooled.
In the words of Neale Lundgren: Theory will not define it or explain it. It was truly miraculous. Their resonance lifted them creatively and allowed them to transcend, or at least accommodate to, their complexes in a way that would allow each of them in their late years to define their art, as well as, in some way validate the level of individuation they perceived they had reached.
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In a YouTube interview he said of himself: My books are who I am. I want to be a clown, a symbol of man, a figure who suffers on earth, and his attempts to deal with his life. Someone who laughs and cries at the same time. The book is the man.
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In another interview late in her life YouTube, Nin describes her inherent need to pattern herself after Lou Andreas Salome. In it she stated with obvious enthusiasm that Lou Andreas Salome had been her muse and mentor. I am slightly paraphrasing some of her quotes, and taking others out of the total context of the conversation: A Memoir By Barbara Kraft.
Sky Blue P, Kraft became an important source of support and enjoyment for the ailing writers. We are presented with a Miller very much alive and connected—albeit growing more disinterested—with the world around him, vivacious in his love for Brenda Venus, continuing his endless correspondence, and publishing short works. Following the international fame Miller attained in the early s due to his pornography trial and resulting American and British publication of his Tropic novels, he became a sought-after outsider.
With this mostly unwanted attention, the aging writer tended to avoid many of his devoted fans. In reaction to this sometimes-aggressive public attention, Miller may have subconsciously tried to regain some privacy by keeping separate the various sections of his life.
Death came slowly, and Kraft recalls the waiting for the moment when his life would end.