Cultural factors in social anxiety: A comparison of social phobia symptoms and Taijin Kyofusho
Interestingly, most Asian cultures are more "collectivist"--concerned with group harmony--than are Western cultures, so taijin kyofusho
may reflect the manifestation of extreme social anxiety in societies in which upsetting others is a cardinal sin.
The condition is briefly mentioned in the text on delusion disorder, somatic subtype and social phobia (given that some patients with taijin kyofusho
(a condition related to social phobia) may suffer from concerns that their body odour is offensive).
Rather, taijin kyofusho
is characterized by "an individual's intense fear that his or her body, its parts or its functions, displease, embarrass, or are offensive to other people in appearance, odor, facial expressions, or movements" (DSM-IV-TR, 2000, p.
La popularizacion y globalizacion del consumo de antidepresivos es buena prueba de ello, pues en este proceso la biomedicina y la industria farmaceutica confluyen para crear una estructura significante con capacidad de resignificar los diferentes males locales (el Taijin kyofusho
en Japon, la saudade en Brasil, la fatigue en Francia, etc.
An example of a culture-bound syndrome is taijin kyofusho
, a Japanese syndrome that refers to an individual's intense fear that his or her body or its functions are offensive to other people.