Psycho-boom: The Rise of Psychotherapy in Contemporary Urban China

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Psycho-boom: The Rise of Psychotherapy in Contemporary Urban China

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Title: Psycho-boom: The Rise of Psychotherapy in Contemporary Urban China
Author: Huang, Hsuan-Ying
Citation: Huang, Hsuan-Ying. 2013. Psycho-boom: The Rise of Psychotherapy in Contemporary Urban China. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: Based on twenty months of fieldwork in Beijing and Shanghai, my dissertation intends to examine the psycho-boom, or the distinct cultural and social formation that the rise of Western psychotherapy has taken in the new hosting environment of urban China. I argue that the psycho-boom, while involving a new psychological modality or a new mental health profession, should not be narrowly conceived of as such. Instead, it is more akin to a popular movement that blends the elements of professional training, popular healing, consumer fad, and entrepreneurial pursuit. The networks and activities associated with psychotherapy training have constituted a massive social world in which various interests and aspirations can be pursued and realized. I further argue that experiences, either individual or interpersonal, have been a critical element of being in this social world. Many people learn to appreciate the psychological dimensions of experience through participating in it, turning one's involvement with psychotherapy a therapeutic journey in its broadest sense.
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