Psychology in Contemporary China - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080260631, 9781483160184

Psychology in Contemporary China

1st Edition

Authors: L. B. Brown
eBook ISBN: 9781483160184
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 304
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Psychology in Contemporary China focuses on the advancement of psychology in China and the different areas to which this field is applied. The book proceeds by outlining the evolution, nature, and characteristics of Chinese psychology. The text then points out that studies on this discipline is generally difficult, because of the lack of publication of resources in English. The process of learning this field is often done through visitations, with specialists going to China to conduct research and lectures. The text investigates the evolution of psychology in China, as well as its progress through education. The relationship of this discipline with political and social concerns is highlighted, and the progress of this field in universities in China is emphasized. The practice of psychology in China is somewhat limited. This lack is expressed by the fact that psychologists avoid questions that have political content. An examination of the attitudes of Chinese is also presented, and their views on individuality, self-criticism, violence, child-rearing, religion, and modernization are discussed. The book is of great importance for scholars and readers who research on the evolution, growth, and contributions of psychology to society.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

1 "Over the Hill Lies China"

Foreign Exchanges

Recent Developments

2 Chinese Psychology

3 Western Materials on Chinese Psychology

The Chinese Abroad

Visitors to China

'Oriental Psychology'

China's New Period

Educational Delegations

Psychiatric Visits

Recurrent Themes

4 Western Sources in China

Tsao's Criticism

The Institute Library

Foreign Imports

5 Chinese Criticism of the West

On the Methodology of Psychological Research

On the Criticisms, and Successes in Psychology

A Preliminary Criticism of the Behaviorism of J. B. Watson

Critical Comments on Gestalt Psychology

A Criticism of Gestalt Psychology and Its Learning Theory

Critique of Modern Bourgeois Social Psychology

Critique of Several Viewpoints on Social Problems in Bourgeois Social Psychology

Wundt's Contribution to the Science of Psychology at Heidelberg

6 Psychology as a Natural Science

Early History

The Period of Reform

Natural Science, and Theories in Psychology

The Position of Psychology in the System of Science

Chinese Histories

A General Review of Psychology in China

Ten Years' Development in Chinese Psychology

A Middle Period of Prosperity

The Destruction and Rehabilitation of Psychology

Thirty Years of Chinese Psychology

Thirty Years of Chinese Theoretical Psychology

In the New Period

7 Chinese Theories

How Pavlov Looked at Psychic Activity

Learning Mao Tse-Tung Thought and Raising the Scientific Level of Psychology

Learn Mao Tse-Tung thought to Raise the Theoretical Level of Psychology

On the Fundamental Viewpoints of Psychology

What Does Psychology Investigate?

Contradiction in Psychological Phenomena

Some Problems of the Nature of Psychology

Methodology in Psychology Needs a Revolution

On the Class Nature of Psychological Phenomena

The Historical Teaching of Psychology

A. H. Leontiev's Theory of Activity

Never Forget Class Struggle

8 Psychology and Society

Other Previously Forbidden Areas


Political and Social Facts

Hold on to Scientific Experimentation in Psychology

Individual or System Blame?

Psychology in the New Period

On the Modernization of Psychology in China: Fundamental Theoretical Viewpoint and Methodology

Historical Lessons Should be Borne in Mind: Analysis of the 1958 Campaign to Criticize Psychology

Chinese Psychology in the New Period of Development

Psychology in the Service of the Four Modernizations

How Psychology can be of Service to Socialist Reconstruction

9 The Chinese Literature

The Advantages of Streamed Classes

Textbooks on Psychology



Acta Psychologica Sinica

10 Some Specific Findings in Education and Psychiatry

English Language Text Books

Teaching and Learning


Child Study

The Theory of Child Development in the Light of Marxism

An Analysis of the Aims and Purpose of Children's Study

The Principles of Class Analysis Must be Applied in Research on the Psychology of Moral Education

Psychology in Teacher Training

Beijing University

Beijing Normal University

Shanghai Normal University

Shanxi Normal University

The People's University in Beijing

Psychiatric Facilities in Shanxi Province


11 Chinese Attitudes

Intelligence and Ability



Criticism and Self-criticism



Sex and Child-Rearing

Religion and Death


The Leadership



The Conception of Nations

Collaborative Studies

12 In Conclusion, "Friendship First and Competition Second"

Appendix: Table of Contents of Acta Psychologica Sinica


Name Index

Subject Index


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About the Author

L. B. Brown

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University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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