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An exploration of the theory and practice of healing in the Eastern spiritual traditions reveals the centrality of the idealizing transference in the patient-seeker's interaction with the spiritual teacher or the guru although the aim and development of the idealizing transference in the spiritual traditions are quite different from those of self… (More)
This article recollects events from the author's association with Erik Erikson that lasted for a quarter of a century, from a first meeting in India when Erikson was working on his book Gandhi's Truth, to a few months before his death, to sketch a portrait of the man and his influence on Kakar's own career.
When academic psychology was introduced in India (in 1905), the supposed superiority of the western conception of knowledge led to an uncritical acceptance of western concepts and methodologies. The rich Indian traditions concerned with consciousness or the self, which were perceived by the British rulers as emanating from the primitive notions of a… (More)
With illustrations from clinical experience in India, this paper discusses the question of the cultural rootedness of psychoanalysis as a therapeutic method and some of the cultural differences, chiefly, the dominance of the theme of "maternal enthrallment," both in Indian cultural imagination and in clinical work with male patients.