Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

Sudhir Kakar

in The Inner World

Fourth edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077152
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081103 | DOI:
Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

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Fears and anxieties as well as specific psycho-social strengths are rooted in the earliest ‘pre-verbal’ experiences and connections of life. It is this residual dark soil of infantile experience that erupts in psychopathology, that people mine in myth-making, and that underlies the strivings and disappointments of everyday life. This chapter explores the traces of infantile substratum in three different cultural/historical contexts: in two centuries-old religious cults that command the loyalty and devotion of millions of Indians; and in the life and work of one of the early prophets of a modern Indian identity. It discusses the cult and myths of Krishna, Shiva and Narcissus, and the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.

Keywords: psycho-social strengths; infantile experience; religious cults; Indian identity; Swami Vivekananda; Krishna; Shiva; Narcissus

Chapter.  18934 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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