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.