September 1954

Understanding the Japanese Mind.

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By James Clark Moloney, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 252. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1954.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;94(3):508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00250030178025

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Author Moloney has taken upon himself a monumental task in attempting an assay of the individual and national character of the Japanese. He is a psychoanalyst from Birmingham, Mich., who had visited Japan before the war and came back during the period of occupation, as a lecturer. The author has made an extensive survey of the psychoanalytic, cultural, and historical literature of Japan and has combined this with his own experience and knowledge. Dr. Moloney describes the modification of classical Freudian analysis as it has been syncretized into the Japanese setting.

In his preface he states that "the Japanese are neither mysterious, inscrutible nor unpredictable." This view of the Japanese by Occidentals comes from ignorance of the Oriental culture. The Japanese per se possesses a blurred identity, with multitudinous rigid obligations to the emperor, father, family, and other symbols of authority. From the moment of birth, insensible and unconcious submissiveness

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