In the closing chapters of The Origins and History of Consciousness Erich Neumann spoke of the importance of demonstrating ‘how the basic laws of the psychic history of mankind are recapitulated in the ontogenetic life history of the individual in our culture.’ Implicit in his words was the promise that an exploration of the detailed psychology of the various stages of life would follow. The Child – an examination of the structure and dynamics of the earliest developments of ego and individuality – is the first of these explorations. In it we progress from the primal relationship of child and mother through to the emergence of the ego-Self constellation, via the child’s relationship to its own body, its Self, the thou and being-in-the-world. We move from the matriarchate to the patriarchate; from participation mystique to the ‘standpoint of the Self around which the ego revolves as around the sun’.
Table of Contents
The Primal Relationship of Child to Mother and the First Phases of Child Development -- Primal Relationship and Development of the Ego-Self Relationship -- Disturbances of the Primal Relationship and their Consequences -- From Matriarchate to Patriarchate -- The Stages in the Child’s Ego-Development -- The Patriarchate