Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian CognitionContradiction, Change, and Holism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Julie Spencer-Rodgers and Kaiping Peng

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199348541.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 04 April 2020

What Is Dialectical Thinking? Conceptualization and Measurement

What Is Dialectical Thinking? Conceptualization and Measurement

(p.1) Chapter 1 What Is Dialectical Thinking? Conceptualization and Measurement
The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition

Julie Spencer-Rodgers

Elise Anderson

Christine Ma-Kellams

Carol Wang

Kaiping Peng

Oxford University Press

In the past several decades, research comparing dialectical and non-dialectical (“linear”) cultures has flourished, as have empirical studies on holistic versus analytic thinking. This literature has identified East-West cultural differences in almost all aspects of the human condition and life, from the manner in which people reason and make decisions, to how they conceptualize themselves and others, to how they cope with stress and mental illness. This chapter defines dialectical and holistic thinking, distinguishing them from related epistemologies (e.g., Hegelian and Marxist dialectical thinking) and cultural constructs (e.g., collectivism and interdependence). The chapter then discusses the various ways dialectical thinking has been operationalized, measured (e.g., with the Dialectical Self Scale), and manipulated in the literature. Lastly, the chapter examines the issue of how dialecticism, especially tolerance of contradiction, influences the manner in which people respond to self-report measures in the first place and the implications this has for cross-cultural research.

Keywords:   dialecticism, Dialectical Self Scale, culture, cross-cultural research, contradiction, analytic-holistic thinking, East-West cultural differences

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .