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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 25 (1983) 1, 56 - 63

Short report

Aspects of illness-experience and psychotherapy in a non-western culture

J.W. Hummelen

The individual person in many non-western cultures experiences himself in connection with the world around him. Illness is experencied as a disturbance of the union with the social, natural and supernatural world. Psychotherapy has in view to affect a renewed harmonical union between the individual and his world. From an example, the initiation of a psychotic woman in cult with the Yoruba in Nigeria, these aspects are illustrated.