By Pittu Laungani

Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy considers what precisely cross-cultural counselling and psychotherapy suggest. themes coated contain: * an in depth research of the idea that of tradition, and the connection among tradition and treatment* a comparative examine of Western cultures and jap cultures* the ancient improvement of counselling and psychotherapy in Western nations* the controversies regarding the matter of 'matching' consumers with therapists. Illustrated through stimulating case stories, the theoretical wisdom and useful suggestion offered in Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy could be necessary interpreting to all practicing and coaching counsellors and psychotherapists.

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However, doing so enabled them to share the language, the food, the music, the clothes and the social and familial patterns of life, and acquire a sense of security and belongingness. It also allowed them to preserve their own cultural identity, which was all they had come with. In that sense, therefore, their behaviour was not significantly different from that of the British who set up their ‘clubs’ in India during the period of the British Raj. Among other things, the clubs engendered a sense of belonging and a sense of national identity – despite the fact that the British were the rulers who wielded awesome power over the people of India.

Whether this relationship can be construed in Oedipal terms is arguable, although several writers, including Kakar, Lannoy and Roland, and others operating from within a Freudian framework, have asserted that this is often the case. The male child is indulged, pampered, protected and as far as possible denied very little. While the mother may attempt to strike Asians in Britain 39 a balance between the male and female child’s demands, it often transpires that the male child’s impulsive wishes, wants and desires take precedence over the needs of the female child.

Her private persona remains submerged within these changing and conflicting identities. From birth to death she does not possess an identity of her own. However, it is important to stress that several enlightened parents look upon the birth of a girl as ‘a gift of the gods’ and see it as their sacred duty, which is part of Hindu dharma, to have their daughter(s) handsomely and ‘happily’ married. Despite the seemingly pitiful nature of the daughter-in-law’s position in her husband’s family home, there are compensatory psychological and power-related dramas that are played out in Indian families.

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