Freud and the Far East

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

by Salman Akhtar, June Cai, Lois Choi-Kain, June Chu, Daniel Freeman, Ming Dong Gu, Do-Un Jeong, Mikyum Kim, Douglas Kirsner, Osamu Kitayama, Heisaku Kosawa, Mark Moore, Monisha Nayar, Keigo Okinogi, Alan Roland, David Sachs, Elise Snyder, Yasuhiko Taketomo, Stuart Twemlow,

This book is a lexical ambassador with the dual responsibility of bridging the West and East and enhancing psychoanalytic conceptualization in the course of such an encounter. By juxtaposing the familiar with the unfamiliar, it seeks to enrich our understanding of both. Within its pages, distinguished psychoanalysts from East and West weave a fine and colorful tapestry of the ubiquitous and idiosyncratic, the plebian and profound, and the neurotically-inclined and culturally-nuanced. They provide meticulous historical accounts of the development of psychoanalysis in Japan, Korea, and China and familiarize the reader with interesting personages, quaint phrases, cultural nuances, founding of journals, and emergence of groups interested in psychoanalysis. The contributors to the book discuss the depth-psychological concepts of amae, Wa, Ajase complex, and the 'filial piety complex,' thus underscoring the intricate interplay of drive and ego development with the powerful forces of ancestral legacies and their attendant myths and fantasies. The reverberations of these aesthetic and relational paradigms in epic love stories, martial arts, and cinema are also elucidated. In addition, the book offers insights into the psychosocial trials and tribulations of the Western immigrant populations from these countries and their offspring. Finally, the implications of all this to the conduct of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are addressed.
  • Jason Aronson, Inc.; June 2009
  • ISBN 9780765706959
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  • Title: Freud and the Far East
  • Author: Salman Akhtar (ed.); June Cai (contrib.); Lois Choi-Kain (contrib.); June Chu (contrib.); Daniel Freeman (contrib.); Ming Dong Gu (contrib.); Do-Un Jeong (contrib.); Mikyum Kim (contrib.); Douglas Kirsner (contrib.); Osamu Kitayama (contrib.); Heisaku Kosawa (contrib.); Mark Moore (contrib.); Monisha Nayar (contrib.); Keigo Okinogi (contrib.); Alan Roland (contrib.); David Sachs (contrib.); Elise Snyder (contrib.); Yasuhiko Taketomo (contrib.); Stuart Twemlow (contrib.); Adeline van Waning (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Jason Aronson, Inc.

In The Press

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 Easter 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...

About The Author

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