<span class="smallCaps">Part</span> II <span class="smallCaps">Part</span> II The Making of an Indian Analyst

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Analysed

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195698930
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080267 | DOI:
Part II Part II The Making of an Indian Analyst

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In the beginning, Sudhir Kakar found it difficult to find the balance between Western psychoanalysis and Hindu myths. His psychoanalysis was already influenced by Erik Erikson’s relativistic stance, so it was not kosher Freudian in any case. Kakar thinks that Indians feel more inclined towards the theories of Carl Jung than Sigmund Freud. In his ‘Encounters of the Psychological Kind’, Kakar mentions that even if Jung admired India, his admiration for the Indian was for a civilized ‘noble savage’, possessing certain vital sensibilities, which the Westerner could be nostalgic about. He agrees with Allan Watts that ‘Eastern religions are thinly veiled psychotherapy’ and argues that it is difficult to distinguish between the authentic Ayurvedic therapy and healing culture, on one hand, and the inauthentic ones, on the other. On the issue of homosexuality, Kakar is of the view that a homosexual should come to terms with and get a measure of ease with his sexuality.

Keywords: Sudhir Kakar; India; homosexuality; Carl Jung; Erik Erikson; psychoanalysis; Ayurvedic therapy; healing culture; Sigmund Freud

Chapter.  6366 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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