Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Anatomy of Self: The Individual Versus Society” as Want to Read:
The Anatomy of Self: The Individual Versus Society
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Anatomy of Self: The Individual Versus Society

by
3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Anatomy of Self, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Anatomy of Self

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 126)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Chris
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, culture, psychology
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
...more
Angel Alfonso
Mar 29, 2015 Angel Alfonso rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a person who has lived in Japan for more than 3 years, and has a degree in sociology (and has studied a little bit of psychology) and actually wrote a little dissertation about honne/tatemae this book was one that I was really interested to read. But I can say that I was quite disappointed with it.

I will leave that the author's thinking was really old fashioned (we all have different ideas and his tendency to say that people divorcing is a bad thing makes no real sense, because it comes out a
...more
Patrick McCoy
Sep 28, 2011 Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, non-fiction
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
Monique
Feb 03, 2015 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a true help to me to understand what was going on around me and to get me out of my cultural shock!
Chris Lynch
A bookfest find that is going to keep me thinking for a while. Need to reread.
An'Nisaa Damayanti
An'Nisaa Damayanti marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2016
mina
mina added it
Dec 21, 2015
Sergio
Sergio marked it as to-read
Nov 20, 2015
Taiyou
Taiyou rated it really liked it
Nov 04, 2015
Pandari
Pandari marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2015
Hailinh
Hailinh rated it really liked it
Jul 05, 2015
Jem Seda
Jem Seda marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2015
Marv DC
Marv DC marked it as to-read
Jun 03, 2015
Robert Burgos
Robert Burgos marked it as to-read
May 06, 2015
Erika
Erika rated it liked it
Apr 16, 2015
Sesia
Sesia marked it as to-read
Mar 12, 2015
Dalia Salam
Dalia Salam marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2015
Tigh
Tigh rated it really liked it
Feb 25, 2015
Rodrigo Gomes
Rodrigo Gomes marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2015
Marketa Fei
Marketa Fei marked it as to-read
Feb 11, 2015
Joanne Chiu
Joanne Chiu marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2015
Dessy
Dessy marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2015
Maja Leibovitz
Maja Leibovitz marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2015
julia
julia marked it as to-read
Jan 15, 2015
Madli
Madli marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2014
Diunthoilhpnvngmail.com
Diunthoilhpnvngmail.com marked it as to-read
Nov 07, 2014
Nancy Perez Segura
Nancy Perez Segura rated it liked it
May 08, 2015
Grzegorz
Grzegorz marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book