Parin, Paul. The Whites think too much: psychoanalytic investigations among the Dogon in West Africa

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Preparation And Goal Of The Investigation

The Dogon

The Psychoanalytic Conversations


Jamalu's Soliloquy


The First Dream

The Second Dream

Amba Ibem


Saikana Tonio









The Story Of Ogobaro's Life

Legend Of The Family Tree (54)

The Chieftainship

The Family

Biographical Data

The Wives

The Children

Islam And The “social Role”

Ogobara's Attitude During Our Exploration

His Personality

One Hundred Rorschach Tests Of The People Of Sanga And Surroundings


Boys And Girls Nine To Ten Years Old

Boys And Girls Between Ages 13 And 15 Who Do Not Attend School

Sanga Schoolboys In The Fifth Grade, 13 To 15 Years Of Age Who Speak French Well

Girls Between The Ages Of 16 And 20

Young Women Between The Ages Of Twenty And Forty

Old Women Between 40 And 60 Years Of Age

Young Lads Between The Ages Of 16 And 20

The Men Of Sanga Between The Ages Of 20 And 40

The Men Of Mori Between The Ages Of 20 And 35

Old Men Between The Ages Of 40 And 60

A Few Analysands (76)


How Do The Pt Solve The Problem Of Their Individuality And Integration In Their Hierarchically Organized Society?

Conclusions And Psychoanalytical Considerations

The Technique

The Ego And Defense Mechanisms



Ego Restriction

Forming Reactions

Turning Against Oneself


The Ego

Identification (85)

Forms Of Identification: The “good” Father

Form Of Identification: Fathers-brothers

Form Of Identification: Dependence On The “patron”

Form Of Identification: Comrades (tumo)

Further Achievements Of The Ego And Comments On Instinct Development

The Oedipus Conflict

The Influence Of Society On The Individual

Outside Influences On The Culture Of The Dogon And Comparative Considerations


The Years Away From Home

The Dogon And Islam

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Whites think too much: psychoanalytic investigations among the Dogon in West Africa

Published By: Original publisher Zurich: Atlantis Verlag. 1963. HRAF MS: i, 550 leaves [original: 527 p., plates] ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Paul Parin, Fritz Morgenthaler and Goldy Parin-Matthey

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Observation in research (123); Interviewing in research (124); Tests and schedules administered in the field (125); Adjustment processes (154); Personality development (155); Family relationships (593); Personality traits (157); Life history materials (159);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work is a psychoanalytical analysis of Dogon personality made on the basis of conversations with French-speaking informants and the subsequent interpretations of their responses to the standardized Rorschach “ink blot” test. Informants were selected from the Sanga village group as representative of the traditional Dogon culture. All were bi-lingual in French and Dogon. In the initial stage of the field work one-hour paid conversations were arranged with the informants in which rapport was established between the author/analyst and his subjects, and general background life history information obtained. These conversations occupy the major part of this source, pp. 70-368. This is followed by a more intensive psychoanalysis of thirteen selected informants, and a briefer analysis on one hundred individuals on the basis of their responses on the Rorschach cards. The author concludes with a generalized psychological profile of the Dogon in terms of modern psychoanalytical theory.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa16-009

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English translation from German

Note: Translation of: Die Weissen denken zuviel; Psychoanalytische Untersuchungen bei den Dogon in Westafrika|The original German text is not included|Because of poor quality, many graphics are not included Includes bibliographical references (p. 545-550) Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Schütze

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1960

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Psychologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1987

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1960

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Sanga, Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)


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