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Ever since Japanese psychiatrist Masatake Morita conceptualized Taijin-Kyofusho (TKS) in the 1920s, and the emergence of Generalized Social Phobia as a distinct diagnosis in the 1980s, researchers have been interested in the distinction between these constructs. In recent years, both case-based and empirical studies have demonstrated that symptoms previously thought to be specific to TKS (e.g., fear of offending others) can be identified in Western contexts. DSM-5 now includes some of these symptoms, thereby broadening - and arguably internationalizing - the concept of social anxiety disorder. At the same time, these shifts do not mean that the experience of TKS in Japan should now be considered as equivalent to the experience of social anxiety in the West. This symposium, bringing together researchers from Japan and North America, will critically examine similarities and differences between these two diagnostic constructs, and the various ways in which they are shaped by cultural context.
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