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

Sudhir Kakar


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 and hailed by critics globally as the best application of psychoanalysis to Indian culture, 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 ... More

Keywords: The Inner World, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, Indian culture, Indian identity, Indian society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sudhir Kakar, author
Centre for Study of World Religions