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The Survival Papers: Anatomy of a Midlife Crisis (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts) Paperback – July 1, 1988


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  • Series: Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts (Book 35)
  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919123341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919123342
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daryl Sharpe, B.Sc., BJ, MA, is a Jungian analyst in Toronto, and the publisher of Inner City Books. He studied mathematics and physics, and the journalism, at Carleton University, Ottawa. His MA, in literature and philosophy, is from the University of Sussex in Brighton. He received his diploma in analytical psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Raoul John Campbell, on March 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ten years ago I spent my last income tax rebate cheque on the complete works of Carl Gustav Jung - in hardcover, no less! I was out of work for the fourth time and had no prospects whatever. I was a good ten years late for the "Mid-Life Transition" as well . . .
Having made this momentous decision to purchace some 40 books in the hope of making something of my obviously neurotic life, I panicked!
Can you imagine seeing 40-odd, expensive books, strewn across the living-room carpet,and hearing my response of "What the hell have I done?"!
Well, my long-suffering wife (yet!), who was in the book-trade at the time, brought home for me an edition of "THE SURVIVAL PAPERS" by Daryl Sharp, beautifully presented in a trade-paperback from Fulshams, U.K.
Daryl Sharp gave me an amazing insight, not only into my caotic state, but also into the nature of the neurosis as a "Creative Illness". Added to this were a guided tour of the "way-out", and an astonishing introduction to the Complete Works of Carl Gustav Jung - together with fully-indexed-quotes from the "C.W.", as well as a most useful reading list at the end of each chapter, designed to introduce me to modern applications of Jungian (so called) thinking and experience - with wonderfully relevent insights into world-famous literary figures e.g. Rilke and Kafka, both of whom I had been reading at the time - synchronicity?
The "Survival Papers" is, from my experience, an extraordinarily relevent read for those going through the Mid-life Transition; an highly accessable insight into the principles and experiences of psychic change, as well as a surprisingly disarming introduction to the world, person, and work, of Carl Gustav Jung.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "nonickname3" on January 2, 2000
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What I like about Jung and Jungians is that they seem to be able to write concise books that have far-reaching implications. I liked this book. It's subject matter, straight married man's mid-life crisis, is a bit removed from me, but the dance between inner life and outer life endlessly fascinates and the process applies to all of us ultimately. This book is refreshing in that the author/analyst is a full-blown character, not a detached observer like happens with works I've read by Clarrisa Pinkola Estes, Robert Bly, and Marion Woodman among others. Sharp doesn't try to advance Jung's theories, just lets them play out. Fair enough. Make sure you read through to the end.
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This short, intelligent, often amusing little Jungian volume presents us with the case of Norman -- who, as we discover, is more of a composite than a specific individual. This doesn't alter the value & insight of the book in the least. As author Daryl Sharp says, while there may not be an actual person named Norman, there are millions very much like him.

By employing this literary conceit, Sharp proceeds to lay out the methods, struggles, obstacles, and breakthroughs of the analytical process. He uses examples from his own life as a counterpoint to Norman's ongoing story, which allow us to see the man at midlife both from the moment of crisis & with the benefit of 20 years of hindsight. Sharp manages to delve into a wealth of dense, complex psychological material in a deceptively simple manner, using concrete examples to illuminate the stages of the process.

One word of warning: I say "stages of the process" as a shortcut; the actual process is nothing so clearcut & identifiable by definite benchmarks. As Sharp explains, analysis is a much an art as it is a science, perhaps even moreso: while he brings years of experience & specialized knowledge to the work, intuition is also involved. The analyst sometimes has to take chances, without knowing if they'll bear fruit or not. The patient has to be willing to take similar chances. This is no easy, by-the-numbers task!

For anyone approaching midlife, or for anyone whose significant other is approaching midlife, this is an invaluable guide to understanding what lies ahead. Ideally, readers should follow it by Sharp's second book on the subject, "Dear Gladys" -- where "The Survival Papers" deals with the first crucial year of analysis, "Dear Gladys" deals with the second year, which is rather different for anyone who has moved forward to that point.

Highly recommended!
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