Death of Takeo Doi

1920 - July 5, 2009
Tokyo, Japan

Scholar on Japanese psyche dies at 89
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By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Takeo Doi, a scholar who wrote that the Japanese psyche thrived on a love-hungry dependence on authority figures, has died, his family said Monday. He was 89.

Doi, who died Sunday from illnesses related to old age, wrote the 1971 book, "The Anatomy of Dependence," which introduced the idea of "amae"—a childlike desire for indulgence—as key to understanding the Japanese mind.

Doi's work was a hit in Japan but has...

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