A Natural History of the Self
Routledge – 1990 – 336 pages
Commonly dismissed as mystical by scientists, archetypes were described by Jung as biological entities, which have evolved through natural selection, and which, if they exist at all, must be amenable to empirical study. Anthony Stevens has discovered the key to opening up this long-ignored scientific approach to the archetype.
`I recommend Dr Stevens' book as one of the best introductions to (Jung's) thought and its practical applications.' - Dr Anthony Storr, Times Literary Supplement
`A remarkable book.' - Eliot Slater
`A major contribution to Jungian studies.' - Dr Glin Bennett, British Medical Journal
`Dr Anthony Stevens has made a major contribution to Jungian studies as well as indicating the common ground between seemingly incompatible disciplines.' - Dr Glin Bennet, BMJ
`At last, a well written definitive book on C.G. Jung's archetypes.' - Time-News
` … Stevens writes not only with clarity but with refreshing personal commitment (even self-exposure). In combining Jungian and ethological approaches the author draws together a very wide range of fascinating material from the study of animal and human behaviour, from therapeutic work with many patients and from recent neuro-logical research. The greater part of the book, however, is devoted to perceptive and invaluable studies of the archetypes in practice - the archetype of the family, the mother, the father, of the masculine and the feminine and, most illuminatingly, of the `shadow' side of all of us.' - Ronald Higgins, Resurgence
`Every science breeds its own vocabulary … is a mark of grace in the author of this fascinating book that he plays fair; he provides a glossary … Most readers, I think will find something that speaks to their condition and gives them something to chew over on a sleepless night.' - Sydney Carter, The Tablet
`… exceedingly rich book… very worthwhile reading as Stevens produces a clear elucidation of archetypal theory and also demonstrates its sound clinical and practical application.' - Elizabeth Gee, British Journal of Psychiatry
Acknowledgments. A note to the reader. Personal Introduction. Part one: Archetypes in History. Jung and The Ethologists. Archetypes and Meaning. The Archetypal Hypothesis. Archetypes and Behaviour. Archetypes and Experience. Part Two: Archetypes in Practice. The Family. The Mother. The Father. On the Frustration of Archetypal Intent. Personal Identity and the Stages of Life. The Archetypal Masculine and Feminine. Shadow: The Archetypal Enemy. Synthesis and Integration. On Being in Two Minds. A Question of Balance. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.