C.G. Jung's concept of the archetypes of the collective unconscious has traditionally been the property of analytical psychology, and at times dismissed as "mystical" by scientists. But Jung himself described archetypes as biological entities which must be amenable to empirical study.
In Archetype: A Natural History of the Self (1982), Anthony Stevens presented the key to opening up a scientific approach to the archetypes. At last, in a creative leap made possible by the cross-fertilization of several specialist disciplines, psychiatry was integrated with analytical psychology, biology and the social sciences. The result is an immensely enriched science of human behavior.
This revised and expanded edition of Dr. Stevens' ground-breaking book further explores the connections between the archetypes and fields of study such as ethology and sociobiology. It is also an excellent introduction to the archetypes both in theory and in practical application. -- from the publisher
Anthony Stevens, M.D., has worked as a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist for over 30 years. He is the author of On Jung (1990) and, with John Price, Evolutionary Psychiatry (2000). He lives on Corfu, Greece.