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Daryl Sharp – Jungian Psychology Unplugged: My Life As an Elephant

  • Series: Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts (Book 80)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:  0919123813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919123816


One of the books by Daryl Sharp, author of many, a Jungian analyst, and the publisher – founder of the Inner City Books. The „Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts” series has become one of the classics in the field of publications regarding analytical psychology within its practical application of Jungian analysis.

In this book Daryl Sharp provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of basic Jungian concepts. And he does that from the perspective of his long clinical experience, which gives the reading an interesting, vivid, and sometimes humorous flavor and makes all the basic ideas of Jung accessible. But the personal story behind the writing is no less important in contributing to those qualities of this book.

Daryl Sharp says:

„On a dreary afternoon in the fall of 1974 I was walking in the hills of Zurich, feeling bleak and very sorry for myself, when I spied an object on the path. I stooped down and picked it up. It was a little black elephant made of ebony. It was numinous to me, a magical thing. On the spot, I fell in love.

I took it to be a case of what Jung calls synchronicity, where an outer event coincides with what is going on inside. I assumed it had something to do with my psychology and I spent the next few years exploring what that might be.

I went to see elephants in the zoo; I read books about them; I collected them. Friends and relatives overwhelmed me with elephants of all sizes and materials and numerous objects incorporating their shape. I painted pictures of elephants and my dreams were full of them.

Now I have a pretty good idea of what elephants have to do with me and why I found that first one. I was thirty-eight years old at the time. I had burned my bridges and I was on my knees. I had gone to Switzerland to begin training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. A lot has happened to me since, and everything I have learned 'as an elephant' is in this book.”

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Daryl Sharp and the Inner City Books

Daryl Sharp started Inner City Books in 1980 to promote the understanding and practical application of the work of C.G. Jung. It is still the only publishing house in the world devoted exclusively to books written by Jungian analysts. There are now 141 titles by over 50 authors in the series Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts – authoritative works on basic Jungian principles, women’s studies, spirituality, alchemy, relationships, dream and fairy tale interpretation, masculine psychology, midlife issues and much more.

Over a million books have been sold, with more than 250 editions in 20 languages.

Among acclaimed authors of Inner City Books there are Marion Woodman, Marie-Louise von Franz, Edward F. Edinger, James Hollis, James A. Hall, Sylvia Brinton Perera, Eugene Monick, John P. Dourley, Aldo Carotenuto and Janet O. Dallett.

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