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

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-29
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.
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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 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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Salman Akhtar is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Tales and Terrains
Psychoanalysis in Japanp. 9
Psychoanalysis in Koreap. 27
Psychoanalysis in Chinap. 43
Traditions and Transformations
Two Kinds of Guilt Feelings: The Ajase Complexp. 61
Amae: East and Westp. 71
Wa: Harmony and Sustenance of the Self in Japanese Lifep. 79
Psychoanalysis in the "Shame Culture" of Japan: A "Dramatic" Point of Viewp. 89
The Butterfly Lovers: Psychodynamic Reflections on the Ancient Chinese Love Story "Liang-Zhu"p. 105
The Filial Piety Complex: Variations on the Oedipus Theme in Chinese Literature and Culturep. 115
Transformation of Korean Women: From Tradition to Modernityp. 137
The Food-Sex Equation: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Three Sizzling Movies from the Far Eastp. 161
Zen, Martial Arts, and Psychoanalysis in Training the Mind of the Psychotherapistp. 175
Transpositions and Techniques
The Chinese American Family: Some Psychoanalytic Speculationsp. 199
Second-Generation Korean Americansp. 215
An American-Japanese Transcultural Psychoanalysis and the Issue of Teacher Transferencep. 235
Naikan-A Buddhist Self-Reflective Approach: Psychoanalytic and Cultural Reflectionsp. 255
Psychoanalytic Therapy across Civilizations: Asians and Asian Americansp. 275
Referencesp. 293
Indexp. 311
About the Contributorsp. 325
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