In line with what Ross and some others have been thinking about, I wonder if there's any kind of Jungian psychology at work. This is especially interesting in regards to the suggested link to Cooper. Cooper is up against his shadow self, which has essentially broken out of his unconscious been let loose on the world as an independent being. Lynch and Frost (probably mostly Frost) drew upon Jung with regards to Cooper, so could this have been extended to Audrey?
Carl Jung posits these personifications of the unconscious:
The anima (in men) and animus (in women)
We already know all about the shadow in Twin Peaks, but could Audrey be somewhere within this scheme? I'll grab some interesting bits straight from Wikipedia (most of the article, actually, sorry
) and post them here for your consideration:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_and_animus
The anima and animus, in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology, are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to both the theriomorphic and inferior function of the shadow archetypes, as well as the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self. The anima and animus are described by Jung as elements of his theory of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of a man, this archetype finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima; equivalently, in the unconscious of a woman it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus.
The anima and animus can be identified as the totality of the unconscious feminine psychological qualities that a man possesses or the masculine ones possessed by a woman, respectively.
Jung said that "the encounter with the shadow is the 'apprentice-piece' in the individual's development...that with the anima is the 'masterpiece'". Jung viewed the anima process as being one of the sources of creative ability.
Cooper is encountering the shadow. Is Audrey encountering the animus?
In the book The Invisible Partners it is said that the key to controlling one's anima/animus is to recognize it when it manifests and exercise our ability to discern the anima/animus from reality.
Jung posits four stages of anima development for a man and four parallel stages for a woman, the latter being more complex. This is how he describes the stages of a woman’s animus development:
1. Man of mere physical power
2. Man of action or romance
3. Man as a professor, clergyman, orator
In the third phase "the animus becomes the word, often appearing as a professor or clergyman...the bearer of the word - Lloyd George, the great political orator".
This is interesting, because of all of these, Charlie most comes across as a professor. He's surrounded by papers with words, and he makes a comment about ending Audrey's story.
4. Man as a spiritual guide
"'Finally, in his fourth manifestation, the animus is the incarnation of meaning. On this highest level he becomes (like the anima) a mediator of...spiritual profundity' . Jung noted that 'in mythology, this aspect of the animus appears as Hermes, messenger of the gods; in dreams he is a helpful guide.' Like Sophia, this is the highest level of mediation between the unconscious and conscious mind."
The process of animus development deals with cultivating an independent and non-socially subjugated idea of self by embodying a deeper word (as per a specific existential outlook) and manifesting this word. To clarify, this does not mean that a female subject becomes more set in her ways (as this word is steeped in emotionality, subjectivity, and a dynamism just as a well-developed anima is) but that she is more internally aware of what she believes and feels, and is more capable of expressing these beliefs and feelings. Thus the "animus in his most developed form sometimes...make[s] her even more receptive than a man to new creative ideas".
The final stages of anima/animus development…
form bridges to the next archetypal figures to emerge, as "the unconscious again changes its dominant character and appears in a new symbolic form, representing the Self". - the archetypes of the Wise Old Woman/Man.
Jungians warned that "every personification of the unconscious - the shadow, the anima, the animus, and the Self - has both a light and a dark aspect....the anima and animus have dual aspects: They can bring life-giving development and creativeness to the personality, or they can cause petrification and physical death".
One danger was of what Jung termed "invasion" of the conscious by the unconscious archetype - "Possession caused by the anima...bad taste: the anima surrounds herself with inferior people". Jung insisted that "a state of anima possession...must be prevented. The anima is thereby forced into the inner world, where she functions as the medium between the ego and the unconscious, as does the persona between the ego and the environment".
Alternatively, over-awareness of the anima or animus could provide a premature conclusion to the individuation process - "a kind of psychological short-circuit, to identify the animus at least provisionally with wholeness". Instead of being "content with an intermediate position", the animus seeks to usurp "the self, with which the patient's animus identifies. This identification is a regular occurrence when the shadow, the dark side, has not been sufficiently realized".