Psychology in Contemporary China

Psychology in Contemporary China

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Author: L. B. Brown
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160184

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160184

About the Author

L. B. Brown

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University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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