The Inner World: A Psychoanalytic Study of Childhood and Society in India

Paperback | June 15, 2012

bySudhir Kakar

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Feelings, impulses, wishes, and fantasies - the dynamic content of the inner world - occupy the deepest recesses of the psyche. It is through introspection and empathy, essential to psychotherapy, that the outside observer can grasp the meaning of the inner world of an individual.First published in 1978, The Inner World is an inquiry into the development of Indian identity. It examines the network of social roles, traditional values, and customs with which the threads of Indian psychological development are interwoven and, in doing so, reveals important aspects of Indiansociety, myths, rituals, fables, and arts. Hailed by critics globally as the best application of psychoanalysis to Indian culture, this Oxford India Perennials edition of The Inner World includes a new Prologue situating the work in the contemporary scenario.

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Feelings, impulses, wishes, and fantasies - the dynamic content of the inner world - occupy the deepest recesses of the psyche. It is through introspection and empathy, essential to psychotherapy, that the outside observer can grasp the meaning of the inner world of an individual.First published in 1978, The Inner World is an inquiry i...

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India. His seventeen books of non-fiction and five of fiction include The Inner World, Culture and Psyche, Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger (with John Munder Ross), The Analyst and the Mystic, The Colors of Violence, as also the novels The Ascetic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ProloguePreface to the First EditionI. Introduction: Aims and Approach; Culture and Personality; Personal WordII. The Hindu World Image: The Theme of Fusion-Moksha; Life Task and Life Cycle-Dharma; Ideas of Time and DestinyIII. Mothers and Infants: Psycho-social Matrix of Infancy: Feminine Identity in India; The 'Good Mother'; The 'Bad Mother'; Infancy and Ego: Origins of Identity in a Patriarchal CultureIV. Families and Children: Psycho-social Matrix of Childhood: The Extended Family; The Second Birth; Ontogeny of Homo HierarchicusV. Tracings: The Inner World of Culture and History: Cult and Myths of Krishna; Shiva and Narcissus; The Revolutionary Yogi: Childhood of Swami VivekanandaVI. Conclusion: Childhood and Social ChangeAppendix: The Child in Indian TraditionAfterwordNotes and ReferencesBibliographyIndex