Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Eastern Psychologies

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_85


Psychology is an identity fraught with contradictions. It claims to be concerned with universal laws like physics, on the one hand; and yet on the other, it is inextricably embedded in history and culture in terms of both its subject matter as well as its method of investigation. Deepening this split in consciousness is the increasing interest in the “other” psychologies outside Europe and North America, such as African, Latin-American, Indian, Chinese, and other Eastern psychologies.


The term “Eastern psychologies” cannot easily be found in online encyclopedias. Instead, the more common terms are “Asian psychology” and “indigenous psychology.” Asian psychology (AP) refers to a “movement” in which Asian psychologists strive to have an expanding role in the science of psychology, which is dominated by the Western influence. Predominant figures in Asian psychology are Quicheng Jing in China, Hiroshi Azuma in Japan, Ku-Shu Yang in Taiwan, and Durganand Sinha in...

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  1. 1.Private PracticeRochesterUSA