Fluid identities, individual selfves and other half-truths. A view from a non-Western culture
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Sudhir Kakar, psychoanalyst and writer from 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 and his doctorate in economics from Vienna before beginning his training in psychoanalysis at the Sigmund-Freud Institute in Frankfurt in 1971. Sudhir Kakar lectured at Harvard University, was Research Associate at Harvard Business School and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He practices psychoanalysis in Delhi where he was also the Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology. He held numerous visiting professorships in the US, Australia and Europe and has been a Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin. Since 1994, he is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France. His many publications include The Inner World (1978), Culture and Psyche (2003) and most recently (with Katharina Kakar) The Indians: Portrait of a People (2007).