A Step Toward a Psychology of the Human Kind

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 700–701. The reviewer notes that this volume (see record 1997-36359-000) is a commentary on the late 20th-century psychology, which is primarily populated by North American and European researchers, economically and intellectually dominated by Western perspectives, and yet fully culturally and historically sensitive in its outlook. It is also a collection of mostly useful reviews of the recent psychological research done of Asian (primarily Indian and Chinese) people in the vein of indigenous psychology, which advocates psychological research of a people from their own cultural perspective. They also make a conscious effort to bring forward psychological concepts available in Asian (non-Judeo-Christian) traditions that may help enrich the mimetic pool of theoretical ideas in psychology. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 contains two chapters on basic and general issues, such as a general characterization of Asian psychology and Filipino psychology. Part 2 is mainly concerned with the social aspect of psychological processes. However, the reviewer explains that general readers who are looking for a treatise on highly developed Asian psychological knowledge hitherto inaccessible in English are likely to be disappointed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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