National character in the view of psychoanalysis


  • Nguyen Quynh Huong*
  • Nguyen Vu Hao


In the current context of globalization, alongside the prevailing trend, each nation-state still retains its distinctive national characteristics. These are the typical and unique features that each community contributes to the cultural heritage of humanity. In that sense, the character of each nation, expressing its identities and personalities, has always held a peculiar allure for researchers. However, national character is a rather nebulous concept, challenging to grasp, both relative and universal. Therefore, it remains an open concept, amenable to various approaches in psychology, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, value studies, and cultural studies. While psychoanalysis and national character may initially appear unrelated, national character is ultimately influenced by factors residing in the collective unconscious. Hence, if one seeks to discern the personality of a nation, psychoanalysis provides a promising avenue. From this perspective, the study of national character from a psychoanalytic standpoint can be considered quite unique and advantageous, deserving of attention. This article examines national character as a representation of a nation’s unique identity from a fresh psychoanalytic perspective, offering insights into the national character of various nations, including Vietnam.


anthropology, national character, psychoanalysis, psychology, social character


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Author Biographies

Nguyen Quynh Huong

Faculty of Political Theory, Thuongmai University, 79 Ho Tung Mau Street, Mai Dich Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Nguyen Vu Hao

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Hanoi,
336 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam




Received 13 September 2023; revised 14 October 2023; accepted 19 October 2023

How to Cite

Nguyen Quynh Huong, & Nguyen Vu Hao. (2023). National character in the view of psychoanalysis. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 65(3), 3-10.