Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale by Apuleius. (Mythos Series)

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The renowned tale of Amor and Psyche, from Apuleius's second-century Latin novel The Golden Ass, is one of the most charming fragments of classical literature. Neumann chose it as the exemplar of an unusual study of feminine psychology. Unfolding the spiritual and mythical background of the pagan narrative, he shows how the contest between the mortal maid Psyche and the great goddess Aphrodite over the god Amor--Aphrodite's son, Psyche's husband--yields surprising and valuable insights into the psychic life of women.

Making use of the tale of Psyche from Apuleius, Neumann delves into the pschological nature of the feminine in analytical thinking.

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The Journal of Pastoral Care
Here we have a very subtle and suggestive analysis of the psychological characteristics of the feminine by the most brilliant disciple of C.G. Jung. . . . [T]he reading of this short book is a most enchanting and stimulating experience.
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"Here we have a very subtle and suggestive analysis of the psychological characteristics of the feminine by the most brilliant disciple of C.G. Jung. . . . [T]he reading of this short book is a most enchanting and stimulating experience."--The Journal of Pastoral Care

**** Reprint of the renowned analytical psychologist's (1905-1960) psychological exegesis of the tale from Apuleius' 2nd century Latin novel The golden ass, originally published in German in 1952 and first published in English in 1956. Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691017723
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1971
  • Series: Works by Erich Neumann Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,009,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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    I picked up Amor and Psyche in an effort to learn more about the development of the female psyche. Written by an important thinker, Erich Neumann was one of Carl Jung’s most gifted students and Amor and Psyche is a classical expression of the Jungian deep, clear, and detailed analysis. It also seems to be a trend that they chose mythological stories to explore psychology. 

    Here, the reader learns the difference between the passionate love of Aphrodite and soulful love of Psyche. Psyche’s name means “soul” in Greek and she is the first goddess to be born as a human. Neumann traces the development of Psyche, from the unconscious, to needing a conscious, to participating in life fully.

    In parts, I found this too challenging read and overall was a little disappointed that I didn’t “get it” better. It’s certainly a well-received classic, so I’m inclined to hold myself responsible for the shortfall. There are other books in this area of thought that I found easier to read and more relevant to the inquiries I have about life, love, and the feminine. I would suggest Impossible Love or Why the Heart Must Go Wrong (also written by a Jungian analyst) and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

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