The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development / Edition 2

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This book maps the course of human development from the earliest stages of ego development to the highest stages of ego transcendence.
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Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Introduction 1
1 Transpersonal Theory: Two Basic Paradigms 9
The Dynamic-Dialectical Paradigm 11
The Structural-Hierarchical Paradigm 27
Choosing Between the Paradigms 36
2 The Body Ego 47
Original Embedment 48
The Emergence of the Ego from the Dynamic Ground and the Initial Appearance of the Great Mother 50
The Splitting of the Great Mother 55
Conflict with the Great Mother and Primal Repression 59
The Body Project, the Oedipus Complex, and Primal Repression 68
3 The Body Ego: Cognitive and Affective Development 77
The Presymbolic Stage 79
The Referential-Protosymbolic Stage 82
The Symbolic-Protoconceptual Stage 86
4 The Mental Ego 97
The Mental Ego's Crisis of Awakening in Adolescence 98
Earning Being and Value in Early Adulthood 103
The Mental Ego and Cognition 108
The Mental Ego's Difficulties at Midlife 111
5 The Unconscious 119
The Dynamic Ground 121
The Instinctual-Archetypal Unconscious 131
The Body Unconscious 135
Primal Repression 138
The Personal Unconscious 141
6 Meditation: The Royal Road to the Unconscious 153
A Definition of Meditation 153
Meditation and Prayer 155
Meditation and the Unconscious 158
Meditation Before and After Crossing the Threshold of Primal Repression 166
Beyond Meditation 168
7 Regression in the Service of Transcendence 171
Stage One: Withdrawal from the World 174
Stage Two: Encounter with the Prepersonal Unconscious 188
8 Regeneration in Spirit 203
General Features of the Regeneration Process 205
Specific Features of the Regeneration Process 213
9 Integration 231
Dualism Transcended: The Coincidentia Oppositorum 231
The Horizons of Integrated Life 244
Notes 249
Bibliography 257
Index 267
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