Indian Identity: Three Studies in Psychology - Intimate


  • Paperback
  • 436 pages
  • Indian Identity: Three Studies in Psychology - Intimate Relations, The Analyst and the Mystic,TheColours of Violence
  • Sudhir Kakar
  • English
  • 11 March 2019
  • 0143101862

10 thoughts on “Indian Identity: Three Studies in Psychology - Intimate Relations, The Analyst and the Mystic,TheColours of Violence

  1. Ravi Jha Ravi Jha says:

    I liked The colours of Violencethan Intimate relations It gave some new insights about group identity of people, why they are formed and how they perpetuate from one generation to other The interviews which include both Hindu and Muslim leaders of society focused particularly on Hyderabaad but can be applied to whole India provides with a deep insight of psyche of violent people It has also dealt with psychological problems arising due to modernization and globalization Though based I liked The colours of Violencethan Intimate relations It gave some new insights about group identity of people, why they are formed and how they perpetuate from one generation to other The interviews which include both Hindu and Muslim leaders of society focused particularly on Hyderabaad but can be applied to whole India provides with a deep insight of psyche of violent people It has also dealt with psychological problems arising due to modernization and globalization Though based mainly on Freaudian lines, Kakar has accommodated the effect of culture and environment on forming of group identity very well A must read


  2. Mohit Kothari Mohit Kothari says:

    A quick intro to Indian psychology and what it means to be an India Overall it represents one view point on the indian society and it upbringings If you are indian, there might be many chapters resonating with your own experiences and if you are not an indian, it can give a glimpse into the complex web of social interactions, upbringing of an indian.


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Indian Identity: Three Studies in Psychology - Intimate Relations, The Analyst and the Mystic,TheColours of Violence Explores the nature of sexuality in India This book points out the similarities between psychoanalysis and religious healing


About the Author: Sudhir Kakar

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India.Kakar took his Bachelor s degree in mechanical engineering from Gujarat University, his Master s degree Diplom Kaufmann in business economics from Mannheim in Germany and his doctorate in economics from Vienna before beginning his training in psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt, Germany in 1971 Between 1966 and 1971, Sudhir Kakar was a Lecturer in General Education at Harvard University, Research Associate at Harvard Business School and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad After returning to India in 1975 , Dr Kakar set up a practice as a psychoanalyst in Delhi where he was also the Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology He has been 40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Study of World Religions at Harvard 2001 02 , a visiting professor at the universities of Chicago 1989 93 , McGill 1976 77 , Melbourne 1981 , Hawaii 1998 and Vienna 1974 75 , INSEAD, France 1994 2013 He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, Wissenschaftskolleg Institute of Advanced Study , Berlin, Centre for Advanced Study of Humanities, University of Cologne and is Honorary Professor, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam.A leading figure in the fields of cultural psychology and the psychology of religion, as well as a novelist, Dr Kakar s person and work have been profiled in The New York Times, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Neue Zuricher Zeitung, Die Zeit and Le Nouvel Observateur, which listed him as one of the world s 25 major thinkers while the German weekly Die Zeit portrayed Sudhir Kakar as one of the 21 important thinkers for the 21st century Dr Kakar s many honors include the Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, Germany s Goethe Medal, Rockefeller Residency, McArthur Fellowship Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships and Distinguished Service Award of Indo American Psychiatric Association He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Board of Sigmund Freud Archives in the Library of Congress, Washington and the Academie Universelle des Culture, France In February 2012, he was conferred the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the country s highest civilian order.Sudhir Kakar s twenty books of non fiction and six of fiction, include The Inner World now in its 16th printing since its first publication in 1978 , Shamans, Mystics and Doctors , with J.M Ross Tales of Love, Sex and Danger,Intimate Relations, The Analyst and the Mystic, The Colors of Violence,Culture and Psyche, with K.Kakar The Indians Portrait of a People, with Wendy Doniger , a new translation of the Kamasutra for Oxford world Classics, Mad and Divine Spirit and Psyche in the Modern world and Young Tagore The makings of a genius His fifth novel, The Devil Take Love will be published by Penguin Viking in August 2015.Sudhir with Katharina Poggendorf KakarSudhir Kakar is married to Katharina, a writer and a scholar of comparative religions and artist He has two children, a son Rahul who is in financial services, and a daughter Shveta, a lawyer, both in New York.