Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To refine search by publication year…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Having problems finding an article? Writing the year of its publication in Search for Words or Phrases in Context will help narrow your search.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Atkinson, J. (1991). Jacoby, Mario. Individuation & Narcissism: The Psychology of Self in Jung & Kohut. London. Routledge. 1990. Pp. 267. £25.. J. Anal. Psychol., 36(2):252-253.

(1991). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 36(2):252-253

Jacoby, Mario. Individuation & Narcissism: The Psychology of Self in Jung & Kohut. London. Routledge. 1990. Pp. 267. £25.

Review by:
James Atkinson

I have little to add to Barbara Wharton's excellent review in the Journal of Analytical Psychology (1987) 32, p. 187, of Jacoby's original 1985 German publication of this book.

As the title suggests, the book is a comparative study of the essential nature and meaning of the self as described and experienced by Jung and Kohut.

Beginning with Ovid's tale, Jacoby emphasises the importance of the Narcissus/Echo dyad, alluding to its expression in narcissism and to the transformative aspect of the myth, for example, the reflection in the pool episode, which, beginning as error and illusion, becomes recognition and acknowledgement.

Ideas of the self and the ego, as conceptualised in psychoanalysis, Kohut's work, and Jung's, are explored in depth, leaving one with the impression that Kohut is a covert analytical psychologist, because he has notions similar to those of Jung's wholeness of the psyche and the individuation process. Jacoby's exclusive reliance on Neumann's ego/self access concept, Mahler's developmental schema, and Winnicott's ideas, although clarifying his arguments, does so at the expense of introducing other hypotheses. Although the work of Michael Fordham and the ‘London school’ is acknowledged, the essence of the deintegrating/reintegrating self during individuation is not conveyed; and Fordham's concept of the self, as outlined in Chapter 9 of Kenneth Lambert's book, Analysis, Repair and Individuation, seems to me to encompass more fully the early developmental individuation process than does the more two-dimensional ego/self access model.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.