The Two Million-Year-Old Self

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 232. Reviews the book, The Two Million-Year-Old Self by Anthony Stevens (1993). Stevens explores the collective unconscious where archetypes unknowable in themselves may be glimpsed in dreams, myths, and illnesses He portrays the two-million-year-old self as that part of our psyche that builds the dream between our inner and outer worlds, attempting to communicate with us and at the same time adapt to modern life. This work focuses on how one can know the “unknowable,” understand dreaming myths, and befriend the two-million-year-old self to generate healing within. In his final chapter, Stevens considers the therapeutic quest and the attributes clients seek when they look for a healer. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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