Friday, November 28, 2008

Jung Uncorked & The Other Side of Illness

Inner City Books has added two new titles to their extensive list of publications of Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analyst.
Jung Uncorked Book Three: Rare Vintages from the Cellar of Analytical Psychology

Decanted with commentaries by DARYL SHARP

ISBN 9781894574242. (Book 3) Index 128 pp. 2008. $25.00
C.G. Jung died in 1961 at the age of 86, but his legacy lives on. His writings are like fine, full-bodied wines-they mature with age, as do we all if we pay sufficient attention to ourselves.

This book continues the acclaimed series explicating different essays in Jung's Collected Works (CW) together with the author's experiential commentaries on their psychological significance and contemporary relevance. The selections here are of course just the tip of the wine cellar, so to speak, that is Jung's legacy and, by extension, the backdrop to the attitude toward the psyche that generally informs the modern practice of analytical psychology.

Jung Uncorked now comprises three Books. In order to cover Jung's wide range of interests, the chapters in each book deal with one essay from each volume of the Collected Works, sequentially from CW 1 to CW 18. Book One explicates and comments on essays from CW volumes 1-9i. Book Two does the same with CW volumes 9ii to 18. Book Three begins anew, with these contents:

1) Cryptomnesia, 2) On the Doctrine of Complexes, 3) On Psychological Understanding, 4) Freud and Jung: Contrasts, 5) The Battle for Deliverance from the Mother, 6) Psychological Types, 7) The Synthetic or Constructive Method, 8) The Stages of Life, 9i) Concerning Rebirth
Daryl Sharp is a Zurich-trained analyst, publisher of Inner City Books, and author of many other titles in this general Series. He lives and practices in Toronto, Canada.

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Body and Soul: The Other Side of Illness - 2nd Edition

by Albert Kreinheder
ISBN 9781894574259. Index. 128 pp. 2008. $25.00
Informed by the author's personal experience of cancer, arthritis and tuberculosis over many years, Body and Soul is unique, unlike anything Inner City has ever published. Unusual in both style and tone, it is essentially a feeling-intuitive approach to physical illness, dramatically illustrating the symbolic attitude, individuation and active imagination with the body.

Body and Soul reflects a life well and truly lived in relation to the Self. It is deceptively simple and straight from the heart: no nonsense, no footnotes.

From the Foreword by William O. Walcott:

"Amazingly, in this day of psychobabble passing for science, Kreinheder has written a supremely readable book (many chapters read like prose poetry) about the body and the psyche without it being 'psychological.' He understood that the essence of human experience is not psychological and rational; it is something ineffable and immediate, passionate and painful, spiritual and profane, that must be both endured and celebrated.

"This book is a last testament of a dying man, a man with profound insight-but it is about life and living."

Albert Kreinheder, Ph.D., was a Jungian analyst in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He studied English literature at Syracuse University (B.A. and M.A.) and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. Over the years he served the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles as Director of Training, Chairman of the Certifying Board and President. He died of cancer in 1990, at the age of 76.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Donkeys, Elephants & Jungian Psychology Unplugged

What better way of celebrating the end of a republican era than by paying tribute to the Elephant!

Jungian Psychology Unplugged: My Life as an Elephant by Daryl Sharp

"This warm, humorous, entertaining and beautifully written book gives an overview of Jungian Psychology . . . That's right, warm, humorous, entertaining, beautifully written, and a psychology book.

"My Life as an Elephant is comprised of six chapters. Chapter one addresses Jung's Basic model of Psychological Types. Chapter two deals with 'Getting to know Yourself' and explains the basics of archetypes and complexes, persona, shadow . . . Chapter three, 'The Unknown Other' is about projection and identification, including the challenges involved with intimacy and relationships. Chapter four deals with the 'Anatomy of a Midlife Crisis' which is most often fueled by the need to develop a relationship with one's self, or with the unexpressed aspects of our personalities that have not been honored and given a voice earlier in life. In chapter five Daryl Sharp writes about the analytical experience, including his own, which I found most refreshing. All to often, one will pick up a psychology or self-help book in hopes of finding a recipe to improve one's life. That's not what happens in Jungian Psychology Unplugged: My life as an Elephant. Instead, in vulnerable fashion, Daryl Sharp shares some of his more personal moments during the period when he was seeking council. The author well knows that another person's recipe is worthless when it comes to finding one's self and living an authentic life, and he doesn't pretend to be an authority and try to prove otherwise. Chapter six is about Psychological Development, the process of becoming more conscious by developing a relationship to one's soul. Sharp addresses the need to be true to our vocations, our true callings in life, and venerates those who have the courage to do just this--listening and being true to one's inner voice. I highly recommend this publication to anyone interested in living an authentic life, not just those who have an interest in Jung or psychology." Review by Mel Mathews