The Origins and History of Consciousness

The Origins and History of Consciousness

by Erich Neumann
     
 

The first of Erich Neumann's works to be translated into English, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world mythology to explain how the individual consciousness passes through 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… See more details below

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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 explain how the individual consciousness passes through 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, the Great Mother, the Separation of the World Parents, the Birth of the Hero, the Slaying of the Dragon, the Rescue of the Captive, and the Transformation and Deification of the Hero. Throughout the sequence the Hero is the evolving ego consciousness.

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
Note of Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. IThe Mythological Stages in the Evolution of Consciousness
AThe Creation Myth
IThe Uroboros5
IIThe Great Mother39
IIIThe Separation of the World Parents: The Principle of Opposites102
BThe Hero Myth
IThe Birth of the Hero131
IIThe Slaying of the Mother152
IIIThe Slaying of the Father170
CThe Transformation Myth
IThe Captive and the Treasure195
IITransformation, or Osiris220
Pt. IIThe Psychological Stages in the Development of Personality
AThe Original Unity
Centroversion and Ego Formation261
The Ego Germ in the Original Uroboric Situation266
Development of the Ego out of the Uroboros275
Centroversion in Organisms on the Uroboric Level286
Centroversion, Ego, and Consciousness293
Further Phases of Ego Development306
BThe Separation of the Systems
Centroversion and Differentiation315
The Fragmentation of Archetypes320
Exhaustion of Emotional Components: Rationalization321
Secondary Personalization335
The Transformation of Pleasure-Pain Components342
The Formation of Authorities within the Personality349
The Synthetic Function of the Ego356
CThe Balance and Crisis of Consciousness
Compensation of the Separated Systems: Culture in Balance363
The Schism of the Systems: Culture in Crisis381
DCentroversion and the Stages of Life
Prolongation of Childhood and Differentiation of Consciousness397
Activation of Collective Unconscious and Ego Changes in Puberty407
Self-Realization of Centroversion in the Second Half of Life409
App. I The Group and the Great Individual421
App. II Mass Man and the Phenomena of Recollectivization436
Bibliography445
Index461

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