Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Le Taijin Kyofusho (anthropophobie) : pathologie spécifique au Japon ou illusion scientifique ?

Abstract : Taijin kyofusho, frequent pathology in Japan, is defined as a fear to offend others by an inappropriate behavior or by a physical deformity. In order to very the validity of a large consensus that Taijin kyofusho is a pathology specific to Japanese culture, we examine the main interpretations proposed by Japanese psychiatrists. Three hypotheses will be considered that aim to explain by cultural factors the increase in frequency of taijin kyofusho diagnostics. These hypotheses put forward respectively the brutal modernization of Japan, the emergence of an ambiguity between individualism and collectivism, and the socio-historical context of Japan since one and a half centuries. The factors invoked by theses three hypotheses seem either to be non specific or linked to the social construction of a diagnostic. This fact questions the idea well-anchored among Japanese psychiatrists, and confirmed by Western classifications, according to which this syndrome is proper to the Japanese culture.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata
Contributor : Haki Shtalbi Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Monday, May 26, 2014 - 9:47:50 AM
Last modification on : Friday, April 29, 2022 - 10:12:20 AM


  • HAL Id : hal-00996014, version 1


Toshiaki Kozakaï, Arnaud Plagnol. Le Taijin Kyofusho (anthropophobie) : pathologie spécifique au Japon ou illusion scientifique ?. Les cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale, Éd. de l'Université de Liège, 2008, pp.29-39. ⟨hal-00996014⟩



Record views