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In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology / Edition 1
     

In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology / Edition 1

by Alan Roland
 

ISBN-10: 0691024588

ISBN-13: 9780691024585

Pub. Date: 04/01/1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Drawing on work with Indian and Japanese patients, a prominent American psychoanalyst explores inner worlds that are markedly different from the Western psyche. A series of fascinating case studies illustrates Alan Roland's argument: the "familial self," rooted in the subtle emotional hierarchical relationships of the family and group, predominates in Indian

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Drawing on work with Indian and Japanese patients, a prominent American psychoanalyst explores inner worlds that are markedly different from the Western psyche. A series of fascinating case studies illustrates Alan Roland's argument: the "familial self," rooted in the subtle emotional hierarchical relationships of the family and group, predominates in Indian and Japanese psyches and contrasts strongly with the Western "individualized self." In perceptive and sympathetic terms Roland describes the emotional problems that occur when Indians and Japanese encounter Western culture and the resulting successful integration of new patterns that he calls the "expanding self." Of particular interest are descriptions of the special problems of women in changing society and of the paradoxical relationship of the "spiritual self" of Indians and Japanese to the "familial self."

Also described is Roland's own response to the broadening of his emotional and intellectual horizons as he talked to patients and supervised therapists in India and Japan. "As we were coming in for a landing to Bombay," he writes, "the plane banked so sharply that when I supposedly looked down all I could see were the stars, while if I looked up, there were the lights of the city." This is the "world turned upside down" that he describes so eloquently in this book. What he has learned will fascinate those who wish to deepen their understanding of a different way of being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691024585
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1991
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.08(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Introduction: The Familial Self, the Individualized Self, and the Spiritual Self3
Part 1The Indian and Japanese Self and Social Change
2Indian Identity and Colonialism17
3Psychoanalysis in India and Japan55
4The Familial Self, Individualization, and the Modernization Process89
5The Dynamics of Change in Urban Indian and Japanese Women146
6The Indian Self: Reflections in the Mirror of the American Life Style195
Part 2The Indian and Japanese Self: Theoretical Perspectives
7The Indian Familial Self in Its Social and Cultural Contexts209
8The Indian and Japanese Familial Self242
9The Spiritual Self: Continuity and Counterpoint to the Familial Self289
10Conclusions: Psychoanalysis in Civilizational Perspective312
Glossary335
References349
Index369

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