Reflections on African and Asian Psychologies

  • Suman Fernando


This chapter is written from the perspective of a psychiatrist who has practiced in multicultural areas of the UK. It outlines general ways in which Western cultures differ from those that have emanated from Africa and Asia, but warns of the dangers of generalising and also of making judgments about the ‘cultures’ of individuals. It describes the Cartesian–Newtonian model that informs Western psychology leading to the emergence of the ‘mind’ as a ‘thing’ to be studies by objective methods. African and Asian (Eastern) psychologies, are informed by very different worldviews (to the Western); emphasizing spirituality, ‘holism’ and the theme of ‘balance’ in understanding the nature of illness and health. The chapter outlines differences in the way medicalization of human problems of living across the world.


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  • Suman Fernando
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  1. 1.London Metropolitan UniversityLondonUK

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