The world is looking East. Whilst in the West psychoanalysis is fighting to maintain its position among the other therapies in a society which has less time for introspection and self-reflective thought, in Asia a new frontier is opening up: we are witnessing a surge of interest for psychoanalysis among the mental health professionals and among the younger generations, interest which is articulated and nuanced differently in the different Asian countries. In Asia and particularly in India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, the development of psychoanalysis reflects separate socio-political historical contexts, each with a rich cultural texture and fuelled by the interest of a new generation of mental health professionals for psychoanalysis as a therapeutic method.

part I|69 pages

Conceptual Backdrop

chapter ONE|16 pages

Psychoanalysis and culture

ByCláudio Laks Eizirik

chapter TWO|23 pages

Psychoanalysis and culture: Freud, Erikson, and beyond

BySalman Akhtar

part IV|27 pages


chapter THIRTEEN|12 pages

Korean culture and psychoanalysis

ByMoo-Suk Lee

chapter FOURTEEN|13 pages

Feeling and thinking in English on the couch*

ByDo-Un Jeong

part V|24 pages


chapter SIXTEEN|10 pages

Shame and losing face in Taiwanese culture: a clinical and cultural perspective

ByHsuan-Ying Huang, Ming-Min Yang

part VI|31 pages


chapter SEVENTEEN|15 pages

A personal journey into culture and psychoanalysis

BySudhir Kakar

chapter EIGHTEEN|13 pages

The universal truth of myths reflected in psychoanalytic theory and practice

ByMinnie K. Dastur

part VII|20 pages

Concluding Overviews

chapter NINETEEN|9 pages

The diffusion of psychoanalysis in China: otherness and transformations

ByJorge Canestri

chapter TWENTY|8 pages

Coming together in Beijing

ByTomas Plaenkers, Yong Xu