I bought Jolande Jacobi’s classic book – for 60 years on the market – in Zurich from my favorite second hand bookshop (Antiqariat sounds better). The hardcover edition is in German and came with lots of marks – I added even more. Jolande Jacobi’s offers the reader a comprehensive review of the central content of C.G. Jung’s system. Jolande Jacobi, student of him and his closest colleague, succeeded it in this book to present the fundamental terms and concepts of Jung’ psychology clearly and descriptive. The book gives an understandable introduction to the Jung’ work to laymen and makes possible for specialists to arrive at a deeper understanding of the analytic psychology.
The book also includes beautiful eight color plates among the “pictures from the unconscious” and other illustrations which give a better idea of the psychic structure process than can be conveyed in words.
Through Jung’s research we now know that the individual psyche is not just a product of personal experience, but has an evolutionary history resulting in a transpersonal dimension manifested in universal patterns and images such as are found in all the worlds’ religions and mythologies. Jung further discovered that the psyche has a structure or ordering principle that unifies the various archetypal contents. The archetype of wholeness is the central archetype that Jung calls the Self. The Self is the supreme psychic authority and compreise all others. The system an the archetypes are represented by mandalas and and diagrams ar typically circles. The diagram above has been derived from my understanding of the presented concepts in the book.
The book is completed by a good bibliography and all references make it easy to go C.G.Jungs vast writings, which – voila – can be easier understood after reading Jolande Jacobi’s clear and concise book.