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The Inner WorldA Psychoanalytical Study of Childhood and Society in India$
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Sudhir Kakar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.001.0001

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Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

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(p.168) Chapter V Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History
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Sudhir Kakar

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0021

Fears and anxieties as well as specific psycho-social strengths are rooted in the earliest ‘pre-verbal’ experiences and connections of life. It is this residual dark soil of infantile experience that erupts in psychopathology, that people mine in myth-making, and that underlies the strivings and disappointments of everyday life. This chapter explores the traces of infantile substratum in three different cultural/historical contexts: in two centuries-old religious cults that command the loyalty and devotion of millions of Indians; and in the life and work of one of the early prophets of a modern Indian identity. It discusses the cult and myths of Krishna, Shiva and Narcissus, and the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.

Keywords:   psycho-social strengths, infantile experience, religious cults, Indian identity, Swami Vivekananda, Krishna, Shiva, Narcissus

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