Translation: Dale Saunders
Preface : Yves Pélicier
This volume sheds a unique light on the feeling of emotional dependence, a universal phenomenon which takes a very particular form in Japan. From the word amae, indulgence, derives the verb amaeru, to indulge, or to take advantage of someone's love or friendship. In baby-talk, the word amae evokes the notion of sugar or honey. A multitude of Japanese verbs derive from variations of amae, which leads to the conclusion that this sentiment is at the heart of the Japanese emotional life.
Born on March 17, 1920 in Tokyo, Doï Takeo, having obtained his doctorate in medicine at the University of Tokyo in 1942, has occupied, during an exceptional career, various positions both in Japan and in the United States. Transcultural psychopathology and psychotherapy are his main areas of research; his observations are of interest to psychoanalysis, linguistics, philosophy and sociology.