Behavioural Psychology Of African Women: A Study Of The Psychological Reactions Of The African Women In Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

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Dr. Suresh Frederick , J.X.Herbert


This paper is a critique on Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions using Frustration-aggression-hypothesis theory. The novel Nervous Conditions divulges about the growth of two Zimbabwean girls Tambu and Nyasha who were inspired by English cultures that colonised their country and their culture earlier. Tambu and Nyasha having similar likeness to follow the western culture as a solution to their sociological problems follow different paths to achieve it. Their ambitious path is troubled by many obstacles laid out by their social and cultural systems that affect them psychologically in the process. The experiences of the girls having differences in approaching life and their ambition undergo psychological pressures that frustrate their mind. The output of the frustration and the reaction of their psyche is analysed from the lens of behavioural psychology. This paper analyses the sociological factors and barriers of women while pursuing their purpose in life and also their mental health which gets affected to those who could not fulfil them.    

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