Cross-cultural views of self in the treatment of mental illness: disentangling the curative aspects of myth from the mythic aspects of cure

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Psychiatry
Creator Florsheim, Paul W.
Title Cross-cultural views of self in the treatment of mental illness: disentangling the curative aspects of myth from the mythic aspects of cure
Date 1990
Description THIS paper compares Eastern and Western concepts of self within the context of the healing process. I draw upon the work of Sudhir Kakar and Heinz Kohut to illustrate differences in how mental illness is expressed and treated in India and the United States. I propose that cultural variances in the way that illness is expressed and treated relate to differences in culturally determined "myths" of the self. In India, where Kakar lives and works, the self is conceived as fluid and interdependent; in the West, the self is conceived as more solid and autonomous.
Type Text
Publisher Guilford Press
Journal Title Psychiatry
Volume 53
First Page 304
Last Page 15
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Florsheim, P. (1990). Cross-cultural views of self in the treatment of mental illness: disentangling the curative aspects of myth from the mythic aspects of cure. Psychiatry, 53, 304-15. Aug.
Rights Management (c) Guilford Press
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Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66406t0
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