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Japan's foremost clinical psychiatrist presents his ideas on the role of the individual in a society that often appears to have no individuals: the Japanese. The author is as quick to explode the myths the Japanese have about themselves as he is to defend what he sees as the genius of their society. He spreads his net wide, drawing his conclusions from an extensive knowled ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 19th 2001 by Kodansha International (first published June 1st 1986)
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Chris
Mmmm... Japanese psychology.

I'm not even sure where I got this book. Maybe I picked it up one time when I was living in a NOVA apartment, I don't know. All I know is, I was going through some books with the thoughts of selling them, and figured I could give this one a try. Maybe, I figured, it would give me some insights I could use.

And, in a way, it did.

Doi is a Japanese psychiatrist, who's made his career trying to figure out how the Japanese Mind works. In a country that is very reluctant to
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Patrick McCoy
Takeo Doi has written a fascinating book: The Anatomy of Self: The Individual Versus Society. Doi is author of the also provocative book, The Anatomy of Dependence, which looks at the cultural concept of amae (essentially it is a Japanese word used to describe the behavior of a person attempting to induce an authority figure, such as a parent, spouse, teacher or boss, to take care of him.) Both books were written for the general reader, rather than for psychologists, which is where the germinati ...more
Chris Lynch
A bookfest find that is going to keep me thinking for a while. Need to reread.
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