THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELATIONSHIP HARMONY IN THE EAST-ASIAN COLLECTIVISTIC SOCIETIES (A kapcsolati harmonia lelektana a kelet-azsiai kollektivista tarsadalmakban)
The present paper with its interdisciplinary stance aims to broaden the cross-cultural dialogue between the local psychological discourses of the East-Asian, mainly collectivist cultures and the psychology of the Western culture, which is considered rather individualistic. The culture specific psychological concepts and explanatory principles from East-Asia are rooted in the local naive psychology, but they had been infiltrated also in the local scientific discourses of psychology and social sciences as well. As a response from the West, the local East-Asian psychological discourses were analysed from etic and discourse analytic perspectives, and some of the interpersonal and intrapersonal phenomena were studied empirically within the frames of cross-cultural psychology. The authentic local psychological conceptual system and explanatory principles could be employed to construct coherent and plausible scientific descriptions about the intrapersonal experiences and interpersonal relations in the societies with a collectivist and interdependent structure. These descriptions have an ethnic validity as well. The present paper, with its culturally relativistic approach offers new cross-cultural perspectives, which could complete the Western mainstream psychology's basically ethnocentric knowledge, which was mainly developed in the academic world from of Europe and the United States.
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