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Grotjahn, M. (1943). Die Psychologie Von C. G. Jung: By J. Jacobi. Zurich: Rascher Verlag, 1940. 184 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:577.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:577

Die Psychologie Von C. G. Jung: By J. Jacobi. Zurich: Rascher Verlag, 1940. 184 pp.

Review by:
Martin Grotjahn

After a preface consisting of a short blessing by C. G. Jung, the author summarizes Jung's psychology. To be more exact, he gives an exposition of Jungian metapsychology. This is done with all the vagueness, emptiness and almost intolerable verbosity which characterizes the later part of Jung's and his pupils' work. Only with difficulty can one rediscover in these utterances the concepts of a man who once made such important contributions to psychiatric research as the association experiments (1906) and The Psychology of Dementia Præcox.

The book is beautified by illustrations which are supposed to schematize and symbolize complicated psychological relationships. Some of them are the paintings of a schizophrenic patient but it is not clear whose psychosis they illustrate. In the last chapter the author promises to show the way from mysticism and allegory to the practical application of Jung's psychology. It must be read in the German original to get the full impact of Jungian 'Individuation' in the process of finding 'One's own Self' in 'One's own Centre'. The bibliography, which forms the last part of Jacobi's book, seems to be somewhat incomplete after the year 1933.

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