Enveloping Mothers, Enveloped Sons: Positions in Chinese Family Therapy

Enveloping Mothers, Enveloped Sons: Positions in Chinese Family Therapy Cult Med Psychiatry https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-018-9588-5 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Enveloping Mothers, Enveloped Sons: Positions in Chinese Family Therapy Wenrui Chen © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The increasing acceptance and use of psychotherapy in contemporary China powerfully attests to the “psychologization” of Chinese society. Yet attending therapy is only one aspect of psychologization. Analyzing the practice of therapy through case examples illuminates the broader sociocultural context of China’s “psycho-boom.” This includes insight into what I term an expansive-I notion of personhood. This non-singular notion of personhood is a major challenge for Chi- nese therapists. Therapists’ attempts to resolve clients’ problems by reorienting them according to psychological ideals highlight the multiple, at times contradictory relationships between psychotherapy, the state and families. Keywords Cross-cultural psychotherapy · Personhood · Family · Post-reform China · Governmentality Introduction Bao Bao is a five-year-old boy living in Beijing, China. An only child, he lives with his mother and father, college sweethearts who both work full-time, white-collar jobs that put them among China’s rising “middle-class.” While his parents work, Bao Bao attends what is known as 大班 daban or “Big Class,” the last pre-school class before entering elementary school. After class, Bao Bao joins http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry" Springer Journals

Enveloping Mothers, Enveloped Sons: Positions in Chinese Family Therapy

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Social Sciences; Anthropology; Public Health; Psychiatry; Sociology, general; Clinical Psychology
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0165-005X
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1573-076X
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10.1007/s11013-018-9588-5
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Cult Med Psychiatry https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-018-9588-5 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Enveloping Mothers, Enveloped Sons: Positions in Chinese Family Therapy Wenrui Chen © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The increasing acceptance and use of psychotherapy in contemporary China powerfully attests to the “psychologization” of Chinese society. Yet attending therapy is only one aspect of psychologization. Analyzing the practice of therapy through case examples illuminates the broader sociocultural context of China’s “psycho-boom.” This includes insight into what I term an expansive-I notion of personhood. This non-singular notion of personhood is a major challenge for Chi- nese therapists. Therapists’ attempts to resolve clients’ problems by reorienting them according to psychological ideals highlight the multiple, at times contradictory relationships between psychotherapy, the state and families. Keywords Cross-cultural psychotherapy · Personhood · Family · Post-reform China · Governmentality Introduction Bao Bao is a five-year-old boy living in Beijing, China. An only child, he lives with his mother and father, college sweethearts who both work full-time, white-collar jobs that put them among China’s rising “middle-class.” While his parents work, Bao Bao attends what is known as 大班 daban or “Big Class,” the last pre-school class before entering elementary school. After class, Bao Bao joins

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"Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry"Springer Journals

Published: May 29, 2018

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