International and Cultural Psychology

Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture

Thinking Through Psychology

Authors: Sundararajan, Louise

  • The book brings to light profound insight of the Chinese about the adaptive and creative functions of emotions
  • Offers an in-depth understanding beyond stereotypes in its analysis of the thinking and feeling of the Chinese people
  • The first systematic study of Chinese emotions from a theoretical framework that seeks to interrogate mainstream psychological theories and research on emotions
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About this book

This mind-opening take on indigenous psychology presents a multi-level analysis of culture to frame the differences between Chinese and Western cognitive and emotive styles. Eastern and Western cultures are seen here as mirror images in terms of rationality, relational thinking, and symmetry or harmony. Examples from the philosophical texts of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and classical poetry illustrate constructs of shading and nuancing emotions in contrast to discrete emotions and emotion regulation commonly associated with traditional psychology. The resulting text offers readers bold new understandings of emotion-based states both familiar (intimacy, solitude) and unfamiliar (resonance, being spoiled rotten), as well as larger concepts of freedom, creativity, and love. 

Included among the topics: 

  • The mirror universes of East and West.
  • In the crucible of Confucianism.
  • Freedom and emotion: Daoist recipes for authenticity and creativity.
  • Chinese creativity, with special focus on solitude and its seekers.
  • Savoring, from aesthetics to the everyday.
  • What is an emotion? Answers from a wild garden of knowledge. 

Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture has a wealth of research and study potential for undergraduate and graduate courses in affective science, cognitive psychology, cultural and cross- cultural psychology, indigenous psychology, multicultural studies, Asian psychology, theoretical and philosophical psychology, anthropology, sociology, international psychology, and regional studies. 

 

About the authors

Louise Sundararajan was born in Yunnan, China, and grew up in Taiwan.  She received her BA in English Literature from Tunghai University, Taiwan, her Ph.D. in History of Religions from Harvard University, and her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.  She chairs the Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, which is joined by near two hundred researchers from around the globe.  She served as past president of The International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning, and also past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association).  She is recipient of the Abraham Maslow Award for 2014, from Division 32 of APA.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Research on Emotions.  She serves on the editorial boards of The Humanistic Psychologist, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  She is Associate Editor for Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.  She has published extensively on topics related to culture and emotions. Outside academia, she practices psychology as a forensic psychologist, and enjoys the family life of a grandmother.

Reviews

“The book, on the whole, is insightful and dazzling in making interdisciplinary connections across psychology and related disciplines and it serves as a powerful example of articulating a sophisticated and elaborate theoretically informed indigenous psychology. … it will be of importance to cognitive psychology, cultural psychology, indigenous psychology, theoretical and philosophical psychology, anthropology, and Asian studies and to ongoing scholarly debates on the cultural meaning of emotions.” (Sunil Bhatia, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 36 (4), 2016)

“Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture by Louise Sundararajan is an elegant account of the ways in which emotions are experienced by Chinese people, and the book uses this discussion to enrich the Western psychological study of emotion. … Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture offers a rich network of complexly nuanced ideas. … an eloquently constructed book that addresses difficult but important issues holistically within the context of naturalistic science. There are probably not many who would attempt such a task.” (Richard E. Duus, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (48), November, 2015)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Mirror Universes of East and West

    Sundararajan, Louise

    Pages 3-20

  • Harmony: A Delicate Dance of Symmetry

    Sundararajan, Louise

    Pages 21-38

  • In the Crucible of Confucianism

    Sundararajan, Louise

    Pages 39-57

  • On the Wings of Daoism

    Sundararajan, Louise

    Pages 59-73

  • Heart-Aching Love (Teng, 疼)

    Sundararajan, Louise

    Pages 77-91

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-18221-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-18220-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34918-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture
Book Subtitle
Thinking Through Psychology
Authors
Series Title
International and Cultural Psychology
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-18221-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-18221-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-18220-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34918-3
Series ISSN
1574-0455
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 210
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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