It’s good to talk: China opens up to psychotherapy

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Click Here to Read:  It’s good to talk: China opens up to psychotherapy Nearly 60 years after psychology was banned under Mao, interest in the western ‘talking cure’ is gaining ground by Tania Branigan on The Guardian website on September 3, 2012.

Psychotherapy in China has struggled to keep up with the changing times. Photograph: Hap/Quirky China News/Rex Features

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One Comment on “It’s good to talk: China opens up to psychotherapy”

  1. Lydia Chang Says:

    I am a Chinese-American, a New York State licensed Psychotherapist, living in NYC. I was born in Wuhan, and my cousins was a physician at Tonggi Hospital, now retired.
    While I have had very few Chinese patients in my practice, I know more or less how they feel and how they behave.
    The Chinese patients I had can be described as typical Chinese: quiet, seldom talkative, appearing something like “secretive”. They rarely looked at me directly, usually looking at the other side. and never asking questions.
    Being Chinese, when I started to study Clinical Social Work, I had difficulty understanding things like: what is my (or your/his/her/the) PROBLEM. I could understand being HAPPY, ANGRY, SAD, … or some other EMOTIONS, FEELINGS. but sadly and truly to say, Chinese patients (or people, or a lot of them) DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE KIND OF EMOTIONS OR FEELINGS. Or even if they understand, they are UNABLE OR INCAPABLE TO EXPRESS, TO EXPLAIN, TO SHOW , TO CONNECT THEIR EMOTIONS OR FEELINGS WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THEIR LIVES. It is not that they do not want to express themselves, it might be that they do not understand what is meant when they are questioned about their own feelings.
    Lydia Chang


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