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This audiobook, narrated by William Roberts, explores the evolution of consciousness through the archetypes and myths that are universal to all humanity.

The Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness as a whole. Erich Neumann was one of C. G. Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right. In this influential book, Neumann shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, the 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.

Featuring a foreword by Jung, this Princeton Classics edition introduces a new generation of listeners to this eloquent and enduring work.

©1949 Erich Neumann (P)2020 Princeton University Press

Critic Reviews

"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 Personalist)

"A welcome source of information for all those who are touched by the relationship between man and his myths." (The New York Times)

"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)

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Recollectivisation a Live Issue Today

Neumann takes the reader on a journey into the human condition as illustrated within a mythic frame. He shows that where there is a degradation of spiritual meaning or a lack of striving toward individuation then humanity risks being possessed by archetypal forces that have dire consequences for individuals and thus society as a whole. A movement away from cetraversion to polarisation in search of meaning. The void means the rise of the Great Mother who consumes all who fall within her sphere of influence. Could it be that what we see in the echo chambers of social media and the accompanying polarisation this tends to produce is a contemporary manifestation of her rise? This book while no easy read is well worthwhile persevering with IMHO. It has given me a new lens to frame the inner and outer dimensions of life through.

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My first book on the topic

I should first say this book is about the psychoanalytic origins of differentiation as an individual from the great wholeness, not about consciousness as we know it today as brain science. I enjoyed this very much. The narration has a certain grandiosity that suits the writing style. The second appendix was excellent and this part in particular I will have to go back and listen again. I liked his take on Freud’s Oedipus complex, which isn’t really about boning your mom after all, and he considers Freud to be wrong. It’s a very heady intellectualised book from the mid 1900’s but if you are so inclined then I would recommend it.

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  • 27-12-2020

My Boi JP was right

The fact that this isn’t more mainstream is a travesty of international proportions.
10/10 def gonna listen to it again.
Eric and Jung are pure genius.

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  • raisa484
  • 25-02-2021

I can't say i understood what he was explaining

Maybe my level of psychological understanding is to low for this book...because as I heard it my brain felt groggy...but by the end of the chapter I sort of got the feeling that it made complete sense...

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  • K. Serda
  • 13-02-2021

Concepts worth the wrestle

Took two tries to finish but after some more research on Jung, and terms, was able to let material flow and put something togetherness retroactively that slip by upon first encounter.
Takeaways: 1.)we spend the first half of life waking up from the dream and the second half overcoming the fear of returning to it because we doubt our acquired ability to lucid dream. 2.) Man needs his myths, tribe, and responsibilities too ok mature into a dream walker or whole. 3.) In filth it shall be found.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2021

Wow

That book was DENSE. I had to listen to many parts twice and I’m a veteran audio book listener. I enjoyed every minute of it though! Great stuff!

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  • Keri Rhian
  • 09-01-2021

Remarkable

Information that is timeless and valid, great performance of a classic and important work of cultural achievement.

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  • Brody Wallis
  • 19-05-2021

I will be listening to this again.

I need to spend more time in this field of study. This just makes me itch to learn more!

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  • Hugo Pestana
  • 28-01-2021

Great book with invaluable insights on Consciousne

A very powerful narrative about the history of miths that form a collective unconscious and their importance to support every man and woman in building a balanced ego, through the overcome of our individual challenges using the perenial tools of this Treasure of the unconscious dream Word.
Through balancing both Worlds we achieve a strong personality fully aware of the matemathical and physical logics of Nature but deeply supported on the Faith and Emotional support of the Ancient Wisdom inherited from our Cultural background and also soaked in pur genetical core.
A very inspiring book, decoupling Jungs teories of the Archetypes into a more consolidated and historical perspective of the Ego formation and warning us for the dangers of our Massified World of modern man, specially in Big cities, where the fundamental ties with the Collective unconscious and the Mithological stories we should all carry and integrate frequently are weakened in a dangerous way, leaving the modern Man arrested in its own admiration and focus on reason and himself. Stuck with his own ego, he will feel the sharp nife of Consciousness cutting him until he is victim of his own intelect dissection and no longer whole!😀😉❤👌🤙🙏🤝👏👏👏

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  • Nabaz Anwar
  • 05-03-2021

What an important book!

I felt like this should be the first book everyone should ever start to read.
The important question about why we even come up with questions is, in my view, the first step on the road to knowledge about ourselves and the world.

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  • yvonne petfield
  • 18-07-2021

narration sounds like a news broadcast from 1920

I found it difficult to listen to, quite an intense narration, didn't really get stuck into the book for this reason

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