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The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian CognitionContradiction, Change, and Holism$
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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

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Dialecticism and Mental Health

Dialecticism and Mental Health

Toward a Yin-Yang Vision of Well-Being

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(p.547) Chapter 19 Dialecticism and Mental Health
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The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition
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Y. Joel Wong

Tao Liu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199348541.003.0019

Dialecticism, a cultural worldview commonly found in East Asian cultures, embraces the Taoist notion of yin (negative and passive) and yang (positive and active), which represents opposing elements that coexist harmoniously in all things in the world, including the self. This chapter explores four broad areas at the interface of dialecticism and mental health. It begins with a review of research on dialectical lay beliefs about mental health. The influence of dialecticism on mental health outcomes is then analyzed, as well as how dialecticism can be incorporated into conceptualizations and assessments of mental health. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how dialecticism can inform culturally competent clinical interventions. Throughout the chapter, gaps in the literature are identified and future directions given for research on dialecticism and mental health.

Keywords:   dialecticism, yin and yang, Taoism, mental health, East Asian, culture, dialecticism, dialectical lay beliefs, mental health, clinical interventions, East Asian beliefs, Taoism, East Asian cultures

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