The anatomy of dependence by Takeo Doi – Japanese Psychology and Japanese Mind

The Anatomy of Dependence (甘えの構造 Amae no kōzō) is one of the most important contributions to the science of Japanese mind and how Japanese define the social interactions. The book written by Japanese psychoanalyst Takeo Doi,  describes his insight into the concept of Amae (甘え), which he describes as a uniquely Japanese word both on linguistic and behavioral level, penetrating every aspect of Japan. Generally speaking it is a form of passive love, arising in earliest infancy, which could be compared to Western concept described by Freud as ‘the child’s primary object-choice’, which persists into adulthood in Japanese society. It is a reflection of the ideal relationship between the parent and child, when child feels, that the caregiver will indulge him/her. This form of closeness is only temporary in typical Western families, whereas it is reinforced in Japanese family, and next in any form of interaction with authority figure, such as a parent, spouse, teacher, or supervisor. This need to be on good terms with, and be able to depend on the people around oneself, takes more concrete forms in Japanese context, and as a result creates very distinct and unique Japanese mind.

Highly recommended to everyone, who is keen on Japanese psychology.

Takeo Doi



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