Psychoanalysis in China

Editor : David E. Scharff, Editor : Sverre Varvin

Psychoanalysis in China

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 32918
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490830
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490836

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The introduction of psychoanalysis to China over the last twenty years brings a clash between Eastern and Western philosophical backgrounds. Chinese patients, therapists and trainees struggle with assumptions inherent in an analytic attitude steeped in Western ideas of individualism that are often at odds with a Chinese Confucian ethic of respect for the family and the work group. The situation is further complicated by the rapid evolution of Chinese culture itself, emerging from years of trauma, new economics, and the one child policy of the last generation that has introduced a new Chinese brand of individualism and new family structure that are not equivalent to those of the West. This volume breaks new ground in exploring these issues and challenges to the introduction of analytic therapies into China, from the viewpoint of Western teachers, and Chinese teachers, clinicians, anthropologists and observers.

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‘It is a challenge to describe how remarkable this book is. In the first place it provides a near comprehensive and inclusive review of psychoanalysis in contemporary China. Although many authors focus on particular issues, the sum of individual interests comprises a fascinating collective voice that reflects modern China. Unlike so many works by oriental and occidental writers interested in psychoanalysis, this new work does not promote an occidental agenda. The editors are to be congratulated for their remarkable skill in facilitating chapters that integrate oriental and occidental thinking. In that respect, this is a book that should become required reading for psychoanalysts in the East and the West for generations to come.’
— Christopher Bollas, author of China on the Mind and Catch Them Before They Fall: The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown

‘This fascinating book presents the most complete, enlightening, and up-to-date contribution on the new bridge between psychoanalysis and contemporary Chinese culture. Highly qualified and actively involved specialists, from both western countries and China, explore the complexity and richness of this growing, exciting exchange, which is now possible thanks to the significant shift in Chinese attitudes towards subjectivity. Whilst reading these pages, it is easy to deduce that this will not be a simple one-way intercultural process: we can envisage for the future a mutual cross-fertilisation between the most revolutionary western discoveries about the human mind and the immense, millenary depth of Chinese tradition and philosophy.’
— Stefano Bolognini, President, International Psychoanalytical Association

‘This book thoroughly demonstrates the latest developments of psychoanalysis in China. All of the foreign and Chinese contributors to the book are psychoanalysts and psychotherapists actively involved in the training, learning, and practising of psychoanalysis in China. They share and demonstrate their enthusiasm, experience, and thinking from various perspectives; the most commendable part of the book is the cultural perspective, and the contributions of psychoanalysis concerning the nature of human beings, mental health, and psychotherapy are formidable. However, with thousands of years of civilisation, the complexity of Chinese culture has a lot of special features. The practice of psychoanalysis in China presents a great collision between western and eastern cultures, and the experience and thinking of the authors offer important starting points for the development of useful theory, methods, and techniques for the development of mental health within the context of Chinese culture. Perhaps it will be most valuable in promoting the penetration of psychoanalysis into China, but China will also contribute new power to psychoanalysis around the world. This book is especially important because it witnesses this mutual process.’
— Jia Xiaoming, Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing Institute of Technology, and Vice-Director, Psychoanalytic Committee of the China Association for Mental Health

About the Editor(s)

David E. Scharff, MD, is Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Chair of the Board, Founder and former Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and author and editor of numerous books and articles, including The Sexual Relationship, Object Relations Family Therapy (with Jill Savege Scharff), Object Relations Couple Therapy, The Interpersonal Unconscious, and Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy.

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Sverre Varvin, MD, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst, and a past President of the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society. He is senior researcher at the Norwegian centre for studies on violence and traumatic stress, affiliated to the University of Oslo, and his main research areas are the traumatisation and treatment of traumatised patients, traumatic dreams, and psychoanalytic training. He has held several positions in the IPA (e.g. Vice-president, Board representative, member of research committees), and is currently chair of the program committee for the next IPAC in Prague, and a member of the China Committee.

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