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The Two Million-Year-Old Self

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With the evolution of human consciousness, nature has finally become conscious of itself. It has taken eons of time, this lumbering progress through the minds of reptiles, mammals, and primates, and it is still working its purpose out in the archetypes of the collective unconscio
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Texas A&M University Press (first published 1993)
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Dec 14, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
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This is quite a short book that mainly deals with the concept of the archetypes.The author traces what he believes to be the origins of the system of archetypes,and then builds up to an exposition of their use in Jungian psychoanalysis.The two million-year old self in question is the paleolithic stratum of the triune brain system ,which he reckons houses our own internal healer,which the analyst helps activate during therapy.A particularly severe case of a patient is used as an example,by which ...more
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Jul 17, 2011 Aaron Michaux rated it liked it
Interesting little book, but I only partly agree with the premise. For example, amazes me that someone could believe that the aetiology of some psychopathology could lie in the Electra complex. The book is not without merit, and worth reading for anyone interested in therapy or the human condition. Most interesting idea: dreams that harken from the ancient self may have a function in preparing us for life events. For example, do chickens dream of laying eggs long before their first one -- an ...more
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Dec 20, 2013 Geta T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autorul abordeaza sile atat din punct de vedere jungian, cat si din alte puncte de vedere (medical, antropologic). Prin aceasta carte reusim sa ne conectam cu seminta noastra interioara, care dainuieste de milioane de ani in interiorul nostru. Pentru bine o alta abordare a interactiunii dintre Eu si Sine. Asa cum zicea si Anthony sa ne reintoarcem inapoi in natura, inapoi la Sinele nostru arhaic.
Feb 18, 2014 Marius rated it really liked it
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A good and interesting introduction to Jung's archetypes and collective unconscious, enough actually to entrap me in the jungian approach over psychology, philosophy and spirituality overall.
Well worth it!
Jan 16, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Nicely written from the perspective of a modern analyst examining the plight of the modern dreamer and his or her illnesses that result from a loss of touch with that two-million-year-old dreamer that lies within our collective Selfs.
Florin Pitea
A concise, clear book written by someone who is both a psychiatrist and a Jungian psychoanalyst. Recommended. For a detailed review, please visit my blog:
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Jul 05, 2011 Birl Martin rated it it was amazing
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The purpose of life is the fullest possible realization of the archetypal program, revealed to us in dreams. Individuation is the realization of this program as consciously as possible.
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Jan 23, 2015 Ben Vogel rated it it was amazing
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An outstanding work that explains what it is to be an animal, a human animal, and how we came to possess a human mind.
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