The Origins and History of Consciousness

The Origins and History of Consciousness

by Erich Neumann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691017611

ISBN-13: 9780691017617

Pub. Date: 09/18/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The first of Erich Neumann's works to be translated into English, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world mythology to show that individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as has human consciousness as a whole. Neumann, one of Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right

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The first of Erich Neumann's works to be translated into English, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world mythology to show that individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as has human consciousness as a whole. Neumann, one of Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right, shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, or tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of the World Parents, Birth of the Hero, Slaying of the Dragon, Rescue of the Captive, and Transformation and Deification of the Hero. Throughout the sequence the Hero is the evolving ego consciousness."There can be no doubt that [Neumann] has brought to his task a remarkable . . . knowledge of classical mythology, some considerable acquaintance with the comparative study of religion, and a deep understanding of those psychological views and theories evolved by C. G. Jung."--The Times Literary Supplement"A welcome source of information for all those who are touched by the relationship between man and his myths."--The New York Times"No better exposition has come to us of the two Jungian themes: the evolution of consciousness in the history of mankind and the development of personality in the individual."--The PersonalistErich Neumann, born in Berlin in 1905, lived in Tel Aviv from 1934 until his death in 1960. Among his other works in Princeton's Bollingen series are Fear of the Feminine, Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine, The Great Mother, and The Archetypal World of Henry Moore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691017617
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/18/1995
Series:
Works by Erich Neumann Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note vi
Note of Acknowledgement vi
List of Illustrations xi
Foreword by C.G. Jung xiii Introduction xv

Part I: THE MYTHOLOGICAL STAGES IN THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
A: THE CREATION MYTH
I The Uroboros 5
II The Great Mother 39
III The Separation of the World Parents: The Principle of Opposites 102
B: THE HERO MYTH
I The Birth of the Hero 131
II The Slaying of the Mother 152
III The Slaying of the Fater 170
C: THE TRANSFORMATION MYTH
I The Captive and the Treasure 195
II Transformation, or Osiris 220

PART II: THE PYSCHOLOGICAL STAGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONALITY
A: THE ORIGINAL UNITY
Controversion and Ego Formation 261
The Ego Germ in the Original Uroboric Situation 266
Development of the Ego out of the Uroboros 275
Centroversion in Organisms on the Uroboric Level 286
Centroversion, Ego, and Consciousness 293
Further Phases of Ego Development 306
B: THE SEPARATION OF THE SYSTEMS
Centroversion and Differentiation 315
The Fragmentation of Archetypes 320
Exhaustion of Emotional Components: Rationalization 321
Secondary Personalization 335
The Transformation of Pleasure-Pain Components 342
The Formation of Authorities within the Personality 349
The Synthetic Function of Ego 356
C: THE BALANCE AND CRISIS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Compensation of the Separated Systems: Culture in Balance 363
The Schism of the Systems: Culture in Crisis 381
D: CENTROVERSION AND THE STAGES OF LIFE
Prolongation of Childhood and Differentiation of Consciousness 397
Activation of Collective Unconscious and Ego Changes in Puberty 407
Self-Realization of Centroversion in the Second Half of Life 409

APPENDICES
I The Group and the Great Individual 421
II Mass Man and the Phenomena of Recollectivization 436
Bibliography 445
Index 461

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