Evolution and Consciousness

From a Barren Rocky Earth to Artists, Philosophers, Meditators and Psychotherapists


This volume provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the emerging concept of the evolution of consciousness. The simple, but dynamic, theory of evolving consciousness blends the powerful insights of modern science with the deep wisdom of age-old cultures, synthesising the traditions of East and West, of the head and heart, of the feminine and the masculine and of science and spirituality. By integrating diverse multi-disciplinary approaches, it provides an overarching and transcending model that moves us to a new level of meaning and understanding of our place in the world. An appreciation of the evolution of consciousness can deepen our connection to ourselves, to others and to the natural world, while bringing a new dimension to the work of psychotherapy.

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Michael DelMonte, Ph.D. (1982), Trinity College Dublin, is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College. He was Principal Clinical Psychologist at St. Patrick’s Hospital and he co-founded the Transnational Network for Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being (1990) in Tokyo.
Maeve Halpin is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (PSI) and founder-manager of the Appletree Health and Wellness Therapy Centre in Dublin. She compiled and published How to be Happy and Healthy: the Seven Natural Elements of Mental Health in 2014.
emsp; Ivor Browne
emsp;The Systems Perspective
emsp;Consciousness in Evolution

Introduction The Evolution of Consciousness: a New Perspective on Our Search for Meaning
emsp;1 Models of the Evolution of Consciousness
emsp;2 The Goal of the Journey
emsp;3 Evolution and Consciousness: an Incredible Journey

1 The Evolution of Matter and Mind
emsp;1 Introduction
emsp;2 Methods of Inquiry: the Search for Meaning
emsp;3 Evolutionary Psychopathology
emsp;4 Consciousness and Learning
emsp;5 Ultimate Causes
emsp;6 Is Evolution Really Blind?
emsp;7 The Evolution of Matter
emsp;8 The Emergence of Life on Earth
emsp;9 The Anthropic Principle
emsp;10 The Evolution of Proteins and of Higher Forms of Life
emsp;11 Quantum Biology
emsp;12 From Rocks to Musicians, Engineers and Philosophers: the Problem of Entropy
emsp;13 The Primacy of Mind over Matter?
emsp;14 From Matter to Culture: a Co-operative Journey?
emsp;15 The Animal Mind—Ethology
emsp;16 The Missing Ingredient: Mind?
emsp;17 Are There Limits to Darwinian Theory?
emsp;18 Wallace’s Perspective: Teleological Considerations
emsp;19 Evolutionary Patterns
emsp;20 Circular Causality: a Systemic Approach
emsp;21 The Mind/Brain Issue
emsp;22 Genetic Expression: a Systemic View
emsp;23 Evolution: a Systemic Approach
emsp;24 Relevance to Psychotherapy
emsp;25 Conclusions

2 Awareness: Constructivist, Psychodynamic and Eastern Perspectives
emsp;1 Introduction
emsp;2 Language and Awareness
emsp;3 The Continuum of Experience
emsp;4 The Experience of Meditation
emsp;5 Maps and Territory: Kelly and Piaget
emsp;6 Levels of Awareness: Kelly and Freud
emsp;7 Reality: Kelly and Lacan
emsp;8 Group Construing
emsp;9 The Unconscious
emsp;10 Pre-verbal and Somatic Construing
emsp;11 Suspension
emsp;12 Constriction and Dilation
emsp;13 Submergence
emsp;14 Loosening and Tightening
emsp;15 Constructivism, Buddhism and Duality
emsp;16 The Healing Essence of Buddhism
emsp;17 Transcendence, Ascendance and Descendance
emsp;18 Somatoform Disorders
emsp;19 Catharsis, Insight and Integration
emsp;20 Non-Dual States
emsp;21 Critique and Conclusions

3 Consciousness and Mindfulness
emsp;1 Introduction
emsp;2 Suffering
emsp;3 The Talking Cure
emsp;4 The Inner Observer
emsp;5 The Role of Meditation
emsp;6 Mindfulness and Dis-Identification
emsp;7 Awareness Training
emsp;8 Attention, Awareness and Self-Regulation
emsp;9 Somatisation versus Symbolisation
emsp;10 Attachments
emsp;11 Attachment and Loss
emsp;12 Defensive Detachment
emsp;13 Adaptive Dis-Identification
emsp;14 Non-Attachment Techniques of the Orient
emsp;15 More Advanced Mindfulness Meditation Practice
emsp;16 The Silence of Meditation
emsp;17 Mindfulness in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
emsp;18 Psychoanalysis as Mindfulness
emsp;19 Gestalt Therapy Perspective
emsp;20 Abreaction, Insight and Integration
emsp;21 Potential Problems with Detachment and Dis-Identification
emsp;22 Pathological Regression
emsp;23 Suitability
emsp;24 Conclusions

4 The Development of Symbolisation from the Pre-Verbal to the Trans-Verbal: an Evolving Consciousness
emsp;1 Introduction
emsp;2 Individual Development of Symbolisation
emsp;3 Symbolisation and Communication
emsp;4 Levels of Symbolic Development
emsp;5 Pre-Verbal Symbolisation: an Evolutionary Perspective
emsp;6 Projective Identification
emsp;7 Hysterical Identification
emsp;8 Co-Ontogeny, Identification and Transference
emsp;9 Failures of Symbolisation: Somatisation
emsp;10 Transitional Objects
emsp;11 Symbolic “Castration”
emsp;12 Sublimation
emsp;13 Dreaming and Verbal Symbolisation
emsp;14 Lacan and the Symbolic Order
emsp;15 Society and Verbal Symbolisation
emsp;16 Para-Verbal Symbolisation
emsp;17 Trans-Verbal Symbolisation
emsp;18 Summary and Conclusions


Name and Subject Index
Author Index
Psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, practitioners/teachers of meditation and mindfulness, psychologists, academics, researchers/students (mind/brain domain), researchers/students of the evolution of consciousness, psychiatrists, anthropologists, teachers/students of Eastern and Western Philosophy, ethologists and ethnologists.