Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea

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In Freud and the Far East, distinguished psychoanalysts from East and West provide meticulous historical accounts of the development of psychoanalysis in Japan, Korea, and China. The contributors to the book discuss the depth-psychological concepts of amae and wa, the Ajase complex, and the filial piety complex, underscoring the intricate interplay of drive and ego development with the powerful forces of ancestral legacies and their attendant myths and fantasies. The book offers insights into the psychosocial ...

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Overview

In Freud and the Far East, distinguished psychoanalysts from East and West provide meticulous historical accounts of the development of psychoanalysis in Japan, Korea, and China. The contributors to the book discuss the depth-psychological concepts of amae and wa, the Ajase complex, and the filial piety complex, underscoring the intricate interplay of drive and ego development with the powerful forces of ancestral legacies and their attendant myths and fantasies. The book offers insights into the psychosocial trials and tribulations of the immigrant populations from these countries and their Western-born offspring. Implications of such understanding for the conduct of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are also discussed. Offering a vast panopoly of fables and folklore, fiction and poetry, psychosocial observations and films, the book seeks to enlighten Western therapists regarding the cultural nuances with which their Far Eastern patients' emotional problems emerge in the clinical situation.

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Editorial Reviews

David L. Eng
Considering the place of East Asia from both sides of the couch, this long-overdue collection provincializes psychoanalysis from the perspectives of China, Japan, and Korea. Psychoanalytic inquiry can no longer afford to ignore some of the richest East Asian cultural traditions and theories of human relations—such as Buddhism, Confucianism, filial piety, and collective dependence—and those who embody them, 'over there' as well as 'over here.'
American Psychological Association, May 12, 2010 - Shereen Abdel Kader
Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan and Korea is enlightening, insightful, and relevant for a wide range of readers, and it has the potential to deeply change our stereotypes about clinical practices—not only in the Far East but across other diverse cultures around the world....Akhtar and his colleagues have greatly enhanced the richness of psychoanalytical theory and practice by linking psychoanalysis with its Eastern influences....I strongly recommend including this book on the reading lists of clinical and abnormal psychology courses because of its strong focus on cultural diversity.
Francis Lu
Salman Akhtar has edited a marvelous and thought-provoking exploration of psychoanalysis in the cultural context of China, Japan, and Korea. Unlike any other book, Freud and the Far East shows us the similarities and differences in psychoanalytic theory and clinical work between these three Asian countries. Building upon earlier edited books on psychoanalysis and India and Islam, Akhtar succeeds in illuminating not only how psychoanalysis historically evolved in a non-Western region, but also how some of the fascinating and creative ideas that emerged in the process enriched the psychoanalytic tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765706942
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/27/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Salman Akhtar is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Tales and Terrains

1 Psychoanalysis in Japan Keigo Okinogi 9

2 Psychoanalysis in Korea Do-Un Jeong David Sachs 27

3 Psychoanalysis in China Douglas Kirsner Elise Snyder 43

Part II Traditions and Transformations

4 Two Kinds of Guilt Feelings: The Ajase Complex Heisaku Kosawa 61

5 Amae: East and West Daniel Freeman 71

6 Wa: Harmony and Sustenance of the Self in Japanese Life Mark Moore 79

7 Psychoanalysis in the "Shame Culture" of Japan: A "Dramatic" Point of View Osamu Kitayama 89

8 The Butterfly Lovers: Psychodynamic Reflections on the Ancient Chinese Love Story "Liang-Zhu" June Cai 105

9 The Filial Piety Complex: Variations on the Oedipus Theme in Chinese Literature and Culture Ming Dong Gu 115

10 Transformation of Korean Women: From Tradition to Modernity Mikyum Kim 137

11 The Food-Sex Equation: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Three Sizzling Movies from the Far East Salman Akhtar Monisha Nayar 161

12 Zen, Martial Arts, and Psychoanalysis in Training the Mind of the Psychotherapist Stuart Twemlow 175

Part III Transpositions and Techniques

13 The Chinese American Family: Some Psychoanalytic Speculations June Y. Chu 199

14 Second-Generation Korean Americans Lois Choi-Kain 215

15 An American-Japanese Transcultural Psychoanalysis and the Issue of Teacher Transference Yasuhiko Taketomo 235

16 Naikan-A Buddhist Self-Reflective Approach: Psychoanalytic and Cultural Reflections Adeline van Waning 255

17 Psychoanalytic Therapy across Civilizations: Asians and Asian Americans Alan Roland 275

References 293

Index 311

About the Contributors 325

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