Monday, August 13, 2012

New titles for Fall 2012

135. CLINICAL CHAOS: The Strange Attractors of Childhood TraumaJohn R. Van Eenwyk (Olympia, WA) 2013 192 pp. $30/£15

THE TALKING CURE: Psychotherapy, Past, Present and Future.
3 vols. $25 each, or all 3 for $50/£25 (when ordered directly from Inner City Books).
Anthony Stevens (Corfu, Greece)
136. Volume One: What Is Psychotherapy? Psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud; Analytical Psychology and C.G. Jung.
2013 128 pp. $25/£12
137. 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).
2013 128 pp. $25/£12
138. Volume Three: Jung Revisited, Research and Evolutionary Psychotherapy—the New Paradigm.
2013 128 pp. $25/£12

See for descriptions. All titles available November. 2012. Advance orders welcome.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Inner City Books is pleased to let you know that these titles are available in PDF format to download FREE from our website:

  • Chicken Little: The Inside Story (Book One of The Brillig Trilogy)
  • C.G. Jung lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts
  • Digesting Jung: Food for the Journey
  • Personality Types: Jung’s Model of Typology.
  • Live Your Nonsense: Halfway to Dawn with Eros
  • Not the Big Sleep: On having fun, seriously

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Advance reviews of new book by Daryl Sharp

(Another Jungian Romance) by Daryl Sharp (128 pp., $25.00).

Advance Reviews:

“Sharp’s latest is miles ahead. It is very substantial, from quasi-erotic scenes and the angst of being a writer, to the deeper reaches of Jungian psychology. The writing has a strength and integrity to it that comes from experience, years of writing and wisdom. Sharp has a special gift for making Jung fun all along the way.”—A. N. Review of Books, Toronto.

Miles to Go… captures the reader from the get-go. Includes balanced reflections on Jung’s relationship with Sabina Spielrein, and fine thoughts on the value of introversion. It is serious fun throughout, a rich tome that will enchant and inform all who take it in hand.”—Indianapolis Beaver.

“Another solid and sane entry into the chaos of our time from one of the co-founders of Jungian psychology in Canada. Sharp’s perspicacity and wit keep the reader glued to his prose. Another gem from the treasure house of the fair north, as we have come to expect. A must read for anyone interested in the cutting edge of Jungian psychology.”—New Age Yoni.

SPECIAL OFFER: Individual advance orders: $20 + postage until Dec. 31, 2012. Check or VISA. See sidebar at right for how to order. Printed copies available in August, 2012.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: In order to survive in our niche market, we are obliged to raise prices on some titles, effective January 1, 2013.  So now is the time to order at current prices! Thank you, we love our readers and their feedback.


Growing up through falling apart
Review by Roy MacSkimming of The Survival Papers: Anatomy of a Midlife Crisis (title 35; $25), and Dear Gladys: The Survival Papers, Book 2 (title 37; $25) by Daryl Sharp, in The Toronto Star, August 1989.

To discover what Jung was driving at, we can plough through all 20 volumes of the Princeton University Press edition of his collected works—a heavy trip indeed—or we can read The Survival Papers.
    In these two short but extraordinarily pithy volumes, Daryl Sharp has fashioned an introduction to Jung's thought that is infinitely fresher and more readable than a conventional beginner's guide.
    Sharp brings Jung's ideas into limpid and meaningful focus by showing them at work in the successful treatment of a specific midlife crisis. The patient: a fic­tionalized but fairly typical guy called Norman, who arrives one day in Sharp's consulting room so distraught he immedi­ately spills tea on his pants.
    Norman is married to Nancy. Norman sincerely believes he and Nancy have a good marriage, a solid middle-class family life. He can't conceive of existence without her and the kids. So why is he falling part—"on his knees," as Sharp puts it?
    The only encouraging thing about Norman's dilemma is that he's asking that very question. According to The Survival Papers, hitting a midlife crisis is as normal as apple pie and potentially a lot healthier, for it provides the stimulus to find meaning in what would otherwise be pointless suffering. And surviving the crisis is a matter ­of asking the right questions.
    Norman is stuck in a serious conflict between his illusions and his reality. He loves Nancy, idealizes their romantic past. Yet in the here and now, she's cold and dismissive toward him, while keeping him on the hook emotionally. She babies him and has a lover on the side. Norman has lovers too, mostly on his sales trips away from home, but they mean little compared to his obsession with what Nancy thinks and feels about him. He lets her define his worth, submitting helplessly to the re­wards and punishments she metes out. No wonder he's miserable.
    It's tempting to dismiss Norman as a spineless yuppie wimp, not worthy of a walk-on in thirtysomething. But Sharp won't let us get away with such conde­scension. Even Norman is capable of growing up. With the aid of his dreams, those messengers from the unconscious, he can get beyond his persona, meet his anima, shake hands with his shadow, withdraw his projections, do battle with his mother complex and accomplish all the other tasks on the hero's journey. Poor old Norman, after all, is Everyman.
    Sometimes, though, we fear he won't pull through. The highs and lows of Nor­man's journey toward individuation are the stuff of drama, his territorial gains and retreats on the battlefield of self-knowledge a form of trench warfare against an invisible and cunning enemy.
    Sharp wears his learning lightly and with self-deprecating humor. To illustrate the personality type that Jung called intui­tive, for instance, and simultaneously to show the difference between introversion and extraversion, Sharp gives us this de­scription of his friend Arnold:
    “Arnold is always coming up with some­thing new. The Arnolds of this world, if introverted, build better mousetraps. As extraverts, they sell them to cats."
    In following Norman’s process, Sharp succeeds marvelously in doing something few of his psychoanalytic colleagues would care or dare to: demystifying the profession. He readily admits he doesn't have all the answers for Norman and only serves as a guide in suggesting where to look for them. By acknowledging his own human­ity—frankly identifying with Norman's traumas, because he's been there too­—Sharp undercuts the awe in which people hold their therapists.

On Divination and Synchronicity
Review by Mary Williams of On Divination and Synchron­icity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance, by Marie-Louise von Franz (title 3; $25), in The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Fall 2001.

In this series of lectures the author calls on ­ancient divination practices of primitives, on the use of oracles in ancient Greece and elsewhere, but particularly on Chinese thinking, to show how modem mathema­tics and quantum physics have sophisti­cated such ideas, and, of course, Jung with his theory of synchronicity.
    Following her interest in numerology, von Franz shows how most methods of divination depend on the archetypal nature of the natural integers. She discusses the patterns made with them, as in geomancy, astrology, the I Ching, etc., and the appropriate time which isolates the living moment in which the apparent miracle occurs, that is, when an outside event coincides with the inner meaning.
    Attention is also given to divinatory techniques which do not depend on number as, for instance, throwing bones or entrails on the ground and reading tea leaves. I agree with the author's experience that such chaotic patterns are catalysts to help crystallize what the person already knows intuitively.
    The reader is then introduced to the collective unconscious as a field of force in which the archetypes are the excited points in it. The network of relationships between archetypes points to the meaning­ful connections between them. The order of revelation in time is also crucial, and may account for precognitive experiences. The unconscious mind knows which arche­type is constellated, and the outcome.
    This short book has a big range, its scholarship mediated by its clarity of style and the progression of the lectures. A fine introduction to the subject, as we would expect from this author.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Eros = Sophia Becoming

Excerpt from a book in progress,  Miles To Go Before I Sleep,  by Daryl Sharp.

Feeling derelict and dissolute, I spent a pleasant evening with my close friend Rebecca, talking of our lives and sealing wax. Rebecca is happily married, and ours is a chaste friendship that my inner woman Rachel indulges herself by imagining that she (Rachel) is Sophia, famed consort of God and King Solomon.
Now, Rebecca is as beautiful as any movie star who ever walked the red carpet on Oscar night. We desire without physical intimacy. I  romance her to pieces by holding hands and massaging her feet. We are happy sharing a bottle of wine, listening to Dave Brubeck or Dinah Washington, or just staring at the wall. We laugh a lot. We don’t cuddle but I massage her feet. She responds with an enigmatic Mona Lisa smile.  
Rebecca is my confidante; I can tell her anything . We supervise each others’ clients, and she gives me sound counsel regarding my presumptive paramours. I am in awe of Rebecca/Sophia. She is highly intuitive and so apprehends things that entirely escape my notice; thus I take her thoughts and advice very seriously. (She is after all known as Wisdom in the Bible).[1] It is erotic and sensuous just being together without a bedroom agenda. Call it a trystNot. I am romantically passionate about my friend Rebecca but not lustful. It is a higher clime of love making.
    Rebecca personifies for me the essence of the feminine: her looks, her smell, her touch, her walk, her talk. Now, she is a real woman onto whom I project Sophia, and so she (Rebecca) becomes that, and so my anima cloaks herself in that wonder, which manifests in me as a loving interlocutor with no thoughts of undressing her. And the funny thing is, after a few hours with my under-cover loverNot, I feel as if we are lovers. I wish every man might experience this – carnal love subsumed by a soulful connection. Of course, it takes some restraint and psychological awareness on both sides. But that’s what Sophia is all about.
    Now, I don’t know about Rebecca’s intimate life, but Sophia does not shrink from consummating relationships when appropriate. Indeed, it is between the sheets that Sophia really shines, for she gives and receives with equal ardor; and further, she is monogamous but not possessive, receptive without being devouring; always helpful, thoughtful and affectionate. She is fun to be with, and, with apologies to dogs, she is in fact a man’s best friend.
    My relationship with Rebecca/Sophia is Eros requited and undiluted by acrimony or sentimentality.
    More: Sophia is the gentlest and most forgiving of creatures. She includes in herself all the earlier stages of a man’s anima development (Eve, mother; Helen, sexuality; Mary, spiritual). She is indeed wise beyond her years and said to have been co-existent with God at the Creation, a possibly apocryphal fact that has enticed feminists to call God She. Well, I won’t go there, but simply note that Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom, and the modern goddess cult owes much to the Gnostic belief that Sophia was a fourth member left out of the Trinity by the early patriarchal Church Fathers. This was formally, if belatedly,  recognized by the Catholic Church in a 1950 Papal Bull by Pope Pius XII proclaiming the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.” Jung applauded this momentous event as symbolically signifying “the recognition and acknowledgment of matter.”[2] In his autobiography, Jung is more explicit:
The new dogma affirms that Mary as the Bride is united with the son in the heavenly bridal chamber, and as Sophis (Wisdom) she is united with the Godhead. Thus the feminine principle is brought into immediate proximity with the masculine Trinity.[3]
And thus more grounds for seeing God as She, for those who have had quite enough of the nasty or indifferent side of Yaweh, who did not stop the Holocaust or multiple wars killing women and children.
    Now, men, you don’t need my Rebecca to celebrate Sophia. Turn to your own beloved and listen to her instead of taking your pleasure in haste. Find out who she is besides lover, mother, house keeper. She will reward you ten-fold with wisdom you cannot otherwise acquire. See Sophia in your partner and she will become that numinous personification of the feminine.

[1] See esp. Proverbs 8:22-31.
[2] “Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype,” The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, CW 9i, par. 197.
[3] Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 202n.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Excerpt from the work in progress, MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP, by Daryl Sharp


Two of my esteemed Jungian colleagues, Mario Jacoby and James Hillman, died this year (2011). I am now one of the few surviving second-tier Jungian acolytes who endeavor to keep Jung’s message alive in our hectic extraverted collective culture, where ambition and electronic toys are valued more than character development. I despair that Jung’s ideas will ever crack the mainstream, though I am heartened to see several videos of him on YouTube.
    And so I wonder, after writing twenty books, what more do I have to say? This is the question that keeps me awake night and day.
    I was recently alerted to my mortality by a week’s stay in hospital. I was experiencing extreme fatigue and difficulty breathing. My doctor sent me to emergency where my symptoms were immediately recognized as CHF (congestive heart failure). They put me on oxygen for a week and an intravenous diuretic to drain the fluids from my lungs and heart. I was x-rayed, MRI’d, echocardiogrammed and ultrasounded. They took my blood pressure every twenty minutes, drew blood from my arms three times a day, and constantly monitored my vital organs with space-age body patches. Every day they asked me if I knew who and where I was.
    I didn’t mind the inactivity and incarceration; it was in fact a welcome holiday away from my lonely turret and business concerns. I enjoyed the attention and Razr flirted outrageously with the nurses. Of course, I had to cancel my planned Christmas vacation at a semi-nude Jamaican resort (Hedonism II), but what the hell. Every twelve-hour change in shift brought a new nurse more lovely than the last—East Indian, Pakistani, Thai, Phillippina, Russky and more. They did everything to make me comfortable but hop into bed with me. Never mind, I was catheterized and wasn’t up to much except trying to sleep between tests. There was nothing to complain about except the food. However hard they try—and I think they do—every hospital serves unpalatable gruel. The soup is generally good, also the fruit. It’s hard to kill a banana.
    But seriously, it finally got me thinking. What am I here for?
    This new “Jungian romance” may or may not be an answer.

Friday, January 27, 2012


The Eros Trilogy:
  1. Live Your Nonsense: Halfway to Dawn with Eros (A Jungian Perspective on Individuation) $25
  2. Trampled to Death by Geese: More Eros, and a Lot More Nonsense (A Jungian analyst's whimsical perspective on the inner life) $25
  3. Hijacked by Eros: A Jungian analyst's picaresque adventures in the pleroma. $25

See for details and reviews
Watch for:
  • The Psychology of Astrology: New Moon Rising and Other Numinous Constellations (Frith Luton)
  • Miles To Go Before I Sleep: Growing Up Puer (Daryl Sharp)