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Clinical Chaos141. Another Piece of My Heart: with Badger MGee, Sett in His Eros Ways.

Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894575433. Sewn. Index. 112 pp. 2014. $25.00 (Available April 2014)

This second volume in the Badger Trilogy features more Jungian notes from underground, with Badger expounding on the contrasexual archetypes and Daemon musing on the personal influence of Jung’s essay, “The Undiscovered Self.” 

Another Piece of My Heart is playful and thought-provoking, as befits the author’s style in integrating Logos and Eros while differentiating between the two. Sometimes bawdy and whimsical, often laugh-out-loud absurd, and always mercurial—it is deceptively easy reading, a page-turner bound to keep one up into the wee hours. All in all, it will stir the heart and mind of cognoscenti and new readers alike. 

Sharp’s prose is wry, sardonic, candid and resonates on many levels. With Badger McGee and Bo Peep in his basement and El Jay in his bed, this book by Daryl Sharp—still the Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett of the Jungian literary community—will amuse and edify those who thought Jungian psychology was only for intellectuals and the elite. 

“An endearing diarist in the tradition of Stephen Leacock and Samuel Pepys.”—John Robert Colombo, author and anthologist, Toronto. 

Daryl Sharp, M.A., B.Sc., B.J., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and the author of many other books in the series Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts. He is the publisher of Inner City Books in Toronto, Canada, where he has an analytic practice.

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ISBN 9781894574426. Index. 128 pp. 2014. $25.00

 

From the Foreword by Carlos Byington:

The Red Book was always a true legend in the Jungian movement. It was thought to reveal the great secrets of the master’s life. Few people had seen it, but their description of it and the Jung family’s resistance to publishing it, turned it into a true mystery. The fact that we knew the original was in a bank safe in the center of Zurich made it a coveted and irresistible treasure. 

Examining the contents of the book, I confirmed the creativity, the originality, and the courage that Jung displayed by writing it, but I did not find properly a plot that could link its content as a whole to an individual myth, to Jung’s process of individuation, to existential details that really characterize life as it is. 

It was in this context that I accompanied my wife, Maria Helena, in her serious study of the Red Book, and her discovery of an Ariadne’s thread that suddenly became for me a clear account of an absolutely personal story line, the light and the shadow, charged with seeking, suffering, guilt, and self-realization that we can now see corresponds to what Jung described later as the process of individuation. 

Indeed, Jung’s amours have been almost as much of a mystery as the Red Book. I hope the reader has the same pleasure that I had in following the Eros-thread from his wife Emma through his patient Sabina Spielrein to his muse Tony Wolff, and so to the creation of the Red Book as uncov-ered by Maria Helena in this exciting and unique account of how Jung came to develop the concepts of anima, shadow, Self and individuation. 

Now, it would be untrue to say that Jung condoned or encouraged infidelity. However, he did experience it as necessary, in his case, to love more than one woman, with all the attendant guilt and suffering, in order to plumb the depths of his soul. His testament to the reality of the psyche is revealed in his Red Book and explicated here by Maria Helena Guerra. 

Maria Helena Mandacarú Guerra lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she practices as a Jungian psychologist.

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Clinical Chaos139. Eros, Naturally
Jungian Notes from Underground with Sett In My Ways: A Badger’s Tail

Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894574419. Index. 112 pp. 2013. $25.00

Eros, Naturally is a romp with gravitas. It is another “Jungian romance” by the author who created the genre, starting with Chicken Little: The Inside Story (1993) and continuing through over a dozen more tomes. No other writer has so adroitly interwoven Logos and Eros, thinking and feeling. In this new book, Sharp’s wit and analytic knowledge are counterpointed by Badger, an alter-ego who lives in the basement.

Sharp has learned well from his mentors—Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, Edward F. Edinger, and the bevy of writers he calls collectively “the modern European Mind.” As the Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett of the Jungian literary community, his prose is wry, succinct and resonates on many levels. Eros, Naturally is no exception—serious fun, whimsical- and informative, a real page-turner.

Eros, Naturally amuses its readers with its wit and surprises its readers with its candor and amazes with its insights into the human predicament. It introduces us to Badger, who leaves his basement sett to take us on frolics in time and place—Toronto in the 1950s, Paris and London in the 60s, then Zurich, San Francisco, Jamaica,, etc. Back in Toronto in the 2010s, he discovers that “every badger has an inner badgerette.” Not every reader will agree with the author’s enthusiasms in music and films, but all will enjoy the play of wit and revel in the wit at play, especially the self-selected epitaph, “He was kind and generous; he loved women “ An endearing diarist in the tradition of Stephen Leacock and Samuel Pepys.
—John Robert Colombo, author and anthologist, Toronto.

Eros, Naturally is Sharp’s latest entertaining admixture of mind-science and subject-driven fiction. His approach to psychic well-being, his “Jungian romances,” will interest more people in self-discovery than any of the many academic tomes on the subject. —R. J., San Francisco Times.

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THE TALKING CURE in 3 volumes: Psychotherapy, Past,  Present and Future

Anthony Stevens

The Talking Cure Volume One136. Volume One:
What Is Psychotherapy? Psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud; Analytical Psychology and C.G. Jung

ISBN 9781894574389 . Sewn. Index. 128 pp. 2013. $25.00


The Talking Cure Volume Two137. Volume Two:
Warring Egos, Bad Breasts, and the
Analysis of Children: Anna Freud and Melanie Klein; Object Relations Theory (Fairbairn, Winnicott, Balint, Guntrip; Attachment Theory (John Bowlby)
ISBN 9781894574396. Sewn. Index. 128 pp. 2013. $25.00


The Talking Cure Volume Three

138. Volume Three:
Jung Revisited, Research and Evolutionary Psychotherapy—the New Paradigm

ISBN 9781894574402. Sewn. Index. 128 pp. 2013. $25.00


Order all three volumes for $50 (when purchased directly from Inner City Books).

Psychoanalysis and its many psychotherapeutic offshoots has been a major influence in twentieth-century cultural life. Yet dynamic psychotherapy now finds itself in grave crisis as a result of the intellectual shipwreck of its founder, Sigmund Freud. Since Freudian theory has been discredited, shown to be largely without empirical basis what is to stop the whole psychotherapeutic edifice from collapsing into the quicksands on which it is built?

In THE TALKING CURE, an immensely readable and entertaining overview in three volumes, Jungian analyst Anthony Stevens describes how the major schools of psychodynamic theory grew out of the psychology of their charismatic founders and have subsequently turned into exclusive and mutually hostile rival “sects.” Stevens argues that the best hope for the future lies in research to determine the positive therapeutic ingredients that all methods have in common. This, combined with the kind of undogmatic, open-minded humanity advocated by C. G. Jung, could lead to the adoption of a new paradigm capable of transcending the differences between them—the paradigm adopted by the new breed of “evolutionary psychotherapists.”

Anthony Stevens, M.D., worked in England as a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist for over 30 years. He is the author of several other books, including On Jung (1990) and, with John Price, Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning (2000). He now lives on the island of Corfu, Greece.

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Clinical Chaos135. Clinical Chaos

John R. Van Eenwyk

ISBN 9781894574372. Index. 192 pp. 2013. $30.00

John Van Eenwyk’s in-depth knowledge of trauma, gleaned from forty years of analytic experience, shines through in this book, as does his compassion for the formidable challenges we all face on our journey of individuation.
    Clinical chaos is a significant sequel to the author’s previous book in this series, Archetypes and Strange Attractors: The Chaotic World of Symbols. With multiple case examples showing how theory may appear or be applied in the consulting room, Clinical Chaos is not only the first book on the subject, but quite simply the most important contribution to the logistics of trauma ever written from a Jungian perspective.

John R. Van Eenwyk, Ph.D., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. His doctorate in religion and psychological studies is from the University of Chicago. He is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is the clinical director of the International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP), which he founded in 1998 to train counselors in the treatment of complex trauma survivors. He publishes widely and lectures internationally on both Jungian psychology and the treatment of torture survivors. He has a private practice in Olympia, Washington.

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Hijacked by Eros134. MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP: Growing Up Puer (Another Jungian Romance)

Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894574365 . Index. 128 pp. 2013. $25.00

From the introduction:

“Juxtaposing “Growing Up” and “Puer” may seem oxymoronic. But consider the mistaken belief that adolescence must be outgrown before one grows up. Au contraire; psychologically, the es-sence of the puer aeternus—his love of life, spontaneity, creative drive and urge to realize his po-tential—must accompany a man as he ages or he becomes dry, listless, and spiritless—the es-sence of negative senex, old man, not wise, but rather crotchety and irritable. This is like Gepetto advising Pinocchio (in some versions of the tale) to “Stay wood!” .In Miles to Go Before I Sleep, what Sharp started over thirty years ago in The Secret Raven reaches maturity, following C. G. Jung’s advice to any puer: go through it, not above it or away from it (as the untried puer might do). 
—A.C. Review of Books, Toronto.

Miles To Go is a full-bodied blend of thinking and feeling, Logos and Eros—no running away. It is an exciting and compelling read, light-hearted but with gravitas—puer with wisdom and tended wings.
—Melbourne Sentinel. 

Daryl Sharp, M.A., B.Sc., B.J., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and the author of many other books in this series. He is the publisher of Inner City Books in Toronto, Canada, where he has an analytic practice.
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Hijacked by Eros133. Hijacked by Eros: A Jungian analyst's picaresque adventures in the pleroma
(Book Three of THE EROS TRILOGY)

Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894574358. Index. 128 pp. 2012. $25.00

This final volume in The Eros Trilogy is all one might expect from the author who coined the term “Jungian romance.” Sharp and his rogueish side-kick Razr jostle for position, adroitly balancing Logos and Eros, puer and senex. Overall, it is both heady and hearty.

A bonus here is the inclusion of a long-lost scholarly essay by the late A. R. Pope of Zurich, “The Eros Aspect of the Eye,”

Here are some advance reviews:

Hijacked by Eros is saucy and salty, peppered with nonsense and experiential insights.—B. C. Review of Books, Vancouver.
 
Sharp explores the genre he created (Jungian romance)
with courage and panache. Serious fun.—Melbourne Daily Mail.

Sharp is the Harold Pinter of the Jungian world.
Simultaneously sparse and profound, his books offer a refreshing
perspective on Jung’s fundamental ideas.
—Washington Tribune.

Hijacked by Eros packs a mighty wallop:
Unadulterated Jung, song and dance, and sexy ladies.
—Indianapolis Broad Rippler.

Hijacked by Eros is a remarkable blend of thinking and feeling,
Logos and Eros. It is a refreshing and informative read, light-hearted and bold in elucidating the basic tenets of Jungian psychology.
—San Francisco Mirror.

DARYL SHARP, M.A., B.Sc., B.J., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich and the author of many other books. He is the publisher of Inner City Books in Toronto, Canada, where he has an analytic practice.
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Trampled to Death by Geese132. TRAMPLED TO DEATH BY GEESE: More Eros, and a Lot More Nonsense (A Jungian analyst’s whimsical perspective on the inner life) Book Two of the Eros Trilogy.

Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894574341. Sewn. Index. 160 pp. 2011. $25.00

This is the book many have been waiting for—a sequel (of sorts) to the author’s acclaimed Live Your Nonsense (2010). Some advance reviews: 

Trampled to Death by Geese is a rare anomaly in the world of Jungian writing. There are some racy, picaresque scenes, as befits the author’s style, but on the whole it is a delicate balancing act between narcissistic self-indulgence and serious explications of Jung’s ideas, with sheer fun along the way. This is no small feat, comparable to surviving Niagara Falls in a barrel. 
—Yellowknife Drummer. 

Trampled to Death by Geese is an audacious and clever meld of Logos and Eros. Highly recommended to those who can stand the tension. 
—Saskatoon Harold. 

Trampled is your best book ever, deftly integrating the opposites. 
—T. W., London, Ontario. 

Here is an artful dodger able to put complex ideas into words and real-life situations that laymen can understand. It is a rare ability. 
—Robertson Davies, author of Fifth Business and The Manticore. 

Jungiana simply doesn’t get more readable than this little gem. The writing is absolutely superb. It rolls along like the waves of the sea—constant, steady and rhythmic; fresh, salty and invigorating. 
—A.C. Review of Books, Toronto, Ontario. 

Daryl Sharp, M.A., B.Sc., B.J., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and the author of many other books in this series. He is the publisher of Inner City Books in Toronto, Canada, where he has an analytic practice.
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Live Your Nonsense131. BEES, HONEY AND THE HIVE: Circumambulating the Centre; A Jungian exploration of the symbolism and psychology
Frith Luton

ISBN 9781894574327. Index. 208 pp. 2011. $30.00

The symbolism of bees, honey and the hive intertwine, but at the core is the imagery of the circumambulation of the centre. For bees, this is a dynamic in the service of the queen bee and the preservation of the hive. In depth psychological terms, circumambulation is linked with mandala symbolism or the archetype of inner order, an archetype that Jung said was perhaps the most important.

This work explores the alchemical union of opposites through symbolism related to the life and nature of the bee. Some particular opposites associated with bees, honey and the hive include those of love and war, sweetness and bitterness, the individual and multiplicity, light and dark, order and chaos, industry and laziness, earth and heaven/the sky, sun and moon, spirit and matter, fertility and sterility, regeneration and death.

The author brings together her practical experience as a beekeeper and insights gained in her work in depth psychology, particularly through an appreciation of Jung's final work, Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy.
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Live Your Nonsense130. RISKY BUSINESS: A Jungian view of environmental disasters and the nature archetype
Stephen J. Foster

ISBN 9781894574334. Index. 128 pp. 2011. $25.00

In Risky Business, environmental disasters, our relationship with nature and the Nature archetype are explored from a Jungian perspective through the use of nature myths that illustrate greed and environmental destruction.

Our relationship with nature is considered through a felt-sense of nature's presence, what Jung called the "One World" or unus mundus. Using Jung's complex theory and his work on archetypes, the author combines his background working as a scientist for hazardous waste cleanup projects and his training as a Jungian analyst to examine the psychological problem of toxic environmental spills.

Risky Business examines how Jung's theoretical ideas activate the psychology of not only the individual but also the collective when environmental disaster occurs. Specific toxic spill case studies illustrate how the Nature archetype can be expressed within communities that struggle with cleanup; the resolution of conflicts between parties often reveals the presence of what Jung called the Self working at the level of the group.

Finally, the author discusses a love story written by J. R. R. Tolkien, within the framework of an alchemical model, as an allegory for building a resilient and more engaged relationship with nature.
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Live Your Nonsense129. LIVE YOUR NONSENSE: Halfway to Dawn with Eros (A Jungian approach to Individuation)
Daryl Sharp

ISBN 9781894574310. Index 128pp. 2010. $25.00

From the author’s Introduction

This book is inspired by Jung’s cogent observation on the serious nature of nonsense:

“People sometimes think that analysis will take the place of life; they protect themselves in that way against much nonsense that might be lived. But mind you, if you don’t live your nonsense you will never have lived at all, and the meaning of life is surely that it is lived, not avoided.” Nonsense does not always involve Eros, and the erotic is not always nonsense. But in my experience the two have generally gone hand in hand. This book recounts some of my own and others’ nonsense and hopes to give some insights into what that might mean in life.

Nonsense is not necessarily frivolous, foolish or sinful. It may be politically or socially incorrect, but it is often a pointer to the essence of one’s personality, which is what we Jungians call individuation—becoming who you were meant to be. This is far, and only the swift reach it and are delighted.

A Jungian with a sense of humor? Not an oxymoron, but Daryl Sharp. Here is an author able to put complex ideas into words and real-life situations that laymen can understand. It is a rare ability.
—Robertson Davies, author of Fifth Business, The Manticore and The Cunning Man.
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