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Individuation and Narcissism: The Psychology of Self in Jung and Kohut [Kindle Edition]

Mario Jacoby
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"Should be on the must' reading list of every Jungian trainee in the world. Mario Jacoby's colleagues should try to learn from it as well."-Joel Ryce-Menuhin, "Harvest

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Recent developments in Freudian psychoanalysis, particularly the work of Kohut and Winnicott, have led to a convergence with the Jungian position. In Individuation and Narcissism leading Jungian analyst Mario Jacoby attempts to overcome the doctrinal differences between the different schools of depth psychology, while taking into account the characteristic approaches of each. Through a close examination of the actual experience of self, the process of individuation, narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder, the author demonstrates the benefits of a cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques for the professional analyst.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 288 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (15 April 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDV100S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kohut and Jung 22 April 2004
Format:Paperback
No other concept in depth psychology provoked so much controversy andspawned so many schools of thought as the Self. This book is a magnificenttour d'horizon, spanning the crucial decades from Freud to Jung andtherefrom to Kohut.
The book demonstrates that, in a way, Heinz Kohutmerely took Jung a step further and invented a new vocabulary to rephrasesome of Jung's insights. He said that pathological narcissism is not theresult of excessive narcissism, libido or aggression.
It is the result of defective, deformed or incomplete narcissistic (self)structures. Kohut postulated the existence of core constructs which henamed: the Grandiose Exhibitionistic Self and the Idealized Parent Imago(see below). Children entertain notions of greatness (primitive or naivegrandiosity) mingled with magical thinking, feelings of omnipotence andomniscience and a belief in their immunity to the consequences of theiractions. These elements and the child's feelings regarding its parents(which are also painted by it with a brush of omnipotence and grandiosity)- coagulate and form these constructs.
The child's feelings towards its parents are reactions to their responses(affirmation, buffering, modulation or disapproval, punisment, evenabuse).
These responses help maintain the self-structures. Without the appropriateresponses, grandiosity, for instance, cannot be transformed into adultambitions and ideals.
To Kohut, grandiosity and idealization were positive childhood developmentmechanisms. Even their reappearance in transference should not beconsidered a pathological narcissistic regression. am Vaknin, author of"Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Value for Money. 6 Nov 2014
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This book would have been a clear well researched review of modern psychological thinking on narcissism. Unfortunately in the kindle version the translation is appalling. The formatting is amateurish and t instead of the word 'the' it says 'die'. There are numerous other typos where there are Germanic words instead of English. it makes it unnecessarily hard going. If it had been translated properly, without typos and formatted properly I would have given 5 stars because it is a light-weight summarising version of much of kohut's work.
For the price it is poor value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kohut and Jung 21 April 2004
By Sam Vaknin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
No other concept in depth psychology provoked so much controversy and spawned so many schools of thought as the Self. This book is a magnificent tour d'horizon, spanning the crucial decades from Freud to Jung and therefrom to Kohut.
The book demonstrates that, in a way, Heinz Kohut merely took Jung a step further and invented a new vocabulary to rephrase some of Jung's insights. He said that pathological narcissism is not the result of excessive narcissism, libido or aggression.
It is the result of defective, deformed or incomplete narcissistic (self) structures. Kohut postulated the existence of core constructs which he named: the Grandiose Exhibitionistic Self and the Idealized Parent Imago (see below). Children entertain notions of greatness (primitive or naive grandiosity) mingled with magical thinking, feelings of omnipotence and omniscience and a belief in their immunity to the consequences of their actions. These elements and the child's feelings regarding its parents (which are also painted by it with a brush of omnipotence and grandiosity) - coagulate and form these constructs.
The child's feelings towards its parents are reactions to their responses (affirmation, buffering, modulation or disapproval, punisment, even abuse).
These responses help maintain the self-structures. Without the appropriate responses, grandiosity, for instance, cannot be transformed into adult ambitions and ideals.
To Kohut, grandiosity and idealization were positive childhood development mechanisms. Even their reappearance in transference should not be considered a pathological narcissistic regression. am Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Narcissistic Disturbances 5 July 2001
By Douglas Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Mario Jacoby has written a straightforward, no nonsense book in his work "Individuation & Narcissism." If truly recognized as an effort to compare "The Psychology of Self in Jung & Kohut," one can understand the difficulty of comparison in paralleling two different psychoanalytic careers in two different continents with two remarkably different approaches in mind. Yet, one must appreciate and recognize that the work of these two men in psycho-analytic-self-object psychology (Jung's unique presentation of Psycho-Analytical and Archetypal Psychology) and psychoanalytic theory (especially the Narcissistic and Borderline Personality emphasis of Kohut as Self-Object Psychology) has a very interesting, meaningful, and useful communications overlap.
Mario Jacoby does make this overlap of interest meaningful and rewarding for those who have a necessary (but not necessarily completed) background in reading Jung and Kohut to follow and understand his presentation of their views of the self. In my own readings of these master-minds, I interpret Jung as a lofty-spritualizing-cultural personality; while, Kohut strikes me as being a "down-to-earth" hardcore realist in dealing with the personality problems of boarderline narcissistic disturbances. The very nature of this comparative work is a challenge, but someone with competence and a high degree of credibility had to do it, and this effort to offer a comprehensive introductory comparison of these two men and their thoughts regarding psycho-analysis as a healing develop-mental process is very worthy.
In the Jungian work "Celebrating Soul: Preparing for the New Religion" by Lawrence W. Jaffe, I found myself reflecting on an interpretation that the new temple will take (based on Jung's projected interpretation of a dream) six hundred years. Symbolically and structurally understood in my thoughts, each pillar of this new system will represent a comprehensive variation of emerging pscho-analytical develop-mental systems. Hence, Jacoby's comparative work may subscribe to Jung's notion that any fixed psycho-analytical or theraputic system is not worth very much if it cannot add or learn something new about our-selves. I personally found many areas of Jacoby's presentation offering something new to my own understanding of my-self, my life experiences, and my life-long interest in psycho-analytical thought as a healing develop-mental field, and as a universal psychologism of learning to be a humane human being. With this in mind, I sense that a well-grounded foundation in Jungian Psychology makes Heinz Kohut's work in Self-Object Psychology much more meaningful and useful in terms of a global theraputic and cultural application; especially, for those who are interested in pursuing "Self-Analysis"...as a universal practice of self-discipline and personal maintenance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narcissism as the beginning of growth to maturity, not the tragic end of an unlived life 7 Oct 2013
By MARITA DE WET - Published on Amazon.com
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Jacoby's style is both intellectually clear and empathic, from the heart. He explores the many modes of experience and behavior that we characterize as Narcissistic, and the common denominator amongst them. Aligning with Kohut to see Narcissism as a developmental task, he explores the meaningful rewards of Narcissistic maturation (empathy, humor, creativity, wisdom). He writes with great sensitivity and honesty about treatment of Narcissistic Disorders. The book gave me valuable insights and practical guidelines.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and authoritative 9 Aug 2013
By Pascal Tiscali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am not a professional therapist or psychologist, but I do read widely in the literature of psychoanalysis and self-help. I found this book to be among the best books of recent vintage in the psychoanalytic tradition. Written to a high academic standard, but fluid and discursive in style, it belongs up there with Freud himself as a magisterial and complete treatment of an important subject.

The other great book on this subject is "Borderline conditions and pathological narcissism" by Otto Kernberg.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful contents, many spelling mistakes 24 Feb 2014
By Marina A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots and lots of mistakes in the text. It's a pity, the selling can not be corrected right in the text
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