Culture and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Journey*

Sudhir Kakar

in Culture and Psyche

Second edition

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696684
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080304 | DOI:
Culture and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Journey*

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In this chapter, the author discusses his personal journey into the field of psychoanalysis and psychology, which started more than three decades ago when he participated in a training session at the Sigmund-Freud-Institut in Frankfurt, Germany. He discusses some of the building blocks of Indian-ness or Indian identity, including a relativistic, context-sensitive way of thinking; an ideology of relationships in general and family relationships in particular; an image of the human body and bodily processes that is based on the medical system of Ayurveda; a profoundly hierarchical view of social relations influenced by the institution of caste; and a cultural imagination teeming with shared myths and legends that underscore a ‘romantic’ vision of human life.

Keywords: India; Germany; culture; psychoanalysis; psychology; Indian-ness; identity; family; relationships; social relations

Chapter.  6226 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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