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The Origins and History of Consciousness

Written by: Erich Neumann,R. F. C. Hull - translator,Carl Jung - foreword
Narrated by: William Roberts
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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

What the critics say

"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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Not an easy read

Came to this book after J. B. Peterson's recommendation in one of his talks. Not being a psychologist, I struggled through the beginning with the massive mythological references and arguments. You also need some basic understanding of Jungian concepts, otherwise I would have been completely lost. Maybe I will come back to this book in the future once I have a better grasp of the concepts. For a very technical book, the narrator did a great performance.

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phenomenal experience ✨️ learning to see beyond !!

The book opened the letter the radically inept are keen figures that disrupt and negate growth.

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Very poor choice of reader.

The reading style of William Roberts in the context of thos book was so obnoxious that it made the content almost unintelligible. A very poor paring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-27

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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  • K. Serda
  • 2021-02-13

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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  • raisa484
  • 2021-02-25

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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  • Keri Rhian
  • 2021-01-09

Remarkable

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-05

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-12-23

Brilliant ideas from a brilliant mind!

Look, there’s a lot (and I mean it, a lot) to think about even after about 70 years from the first publication. Must read for ones who are not indifferent to the topic of conciseness and of keeping up with it through both group- or individual-related journeys.

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  • B-0
  • 2022-11-21

Great Find for Classic Psychology Fans!

A must if you like the great works of psychology that are also superb literature. The narrator emphasizes every page but does it well. It's kind of like having Freud or Jung read to you by Vince McMahon or Mean Gene Okerlund. I recommend it to anyone who likes those guys. Freud or Jung that is, not McMahon or Okerlund.

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  • matt
  • 2022-11-17

funny mispronounced words

the guy reading kept pronouncing puberty as pooberty... just a little bit distracting but otherwise good read.

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  • Marty Wolfe
  • 2022-10-27

Extremely complex

This has got to be one of the most complex books that I have ever listened to. It builds on the topics of C Jung, Who during his lifetime, was considered one of the top minds of philosophical thought. Here Neumann portrays multiple development processes of the conscious and unconscious thought Systems, and Delves into both commonly and uncommonly designed thought process of our generation.

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  • Anapol
  • 2022-08-12

Depth psychology

I have been an enthusiastic student of Depth Psychology over the years and enjoyed listening and thinking about the concepts in this presentation.