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Chinese Perspectives on Cultural Psychiatry

Psychological Disorders in “A Dream of Red Mansions” and Contemporary Society

  • Wei Wang
  • The first book to illustrate the longitudinal, Chinese cultural influences on psychiatric disorders

  • The only book organically connecting indications from a famous novel to concrete lab results, bringing together culture and psychiatry

  • The only book presenting narrations of personality disorders in a famous Chinese novel of the 18th Century – A Dream of Red Mansions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Guorong Ma, Junpeng Zhu, Wanzhen Chen, Wei Wang
    Pages 41-56
  3. Hongying Fan, Wanzhen Chen, Wei Wang
    Pages 57-74
  4. Xu Shao, Hao Chai, Wei Wang
    Pages 93-113
  5. Chanchan Shen, Yanli Jia, Wei Wang
    Pages 145-165
  6. Hongying Fan, You Xu, Wei Wang
    Pages 181-192
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-253

About this book


This book presents a longitudinal study of cultural influence on psychiatric disorders, from late imperial China to contemporary China, drawing on both reviews and lab results to do so. While predominantly offering evidence of cultural influences on psychiatric disorders from a Chinese perspective, it will also be of global benefit since “the national exemplifies the international.” It presents the Chinese “emic” components of culture, including Chinese personality traits, Chinese forms of emotional regulation, and Chinese styles of family structure and function, which will stimulate international interest and research in related areas. The intended readership includes cultural psychiatrists and psychologists, family therapists, personality psychologists, literature-related researchers, and members of the general public who are interested in cultures expressed in fictions.


Psychological Disorders Cultural Psychiatry Personality Trait and Disorder Psychosocial Studies Sexual Behavior Bipolar Disorder Emotional Dysregulation Family Structure and Function Late Imperial and Contemporary China A Dream of Red Mansions

Editors and affiliations

  • Wei Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry/School of Public HealthZhejiang University College of MedicineHangzhouChina

About the editors

​Dr. Wei Wang is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Zhejiang University College of Medicine. He has extensively investigated a range of topics in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, e.g. personality and cognitive neuroscience, and explored areas relating to bipolar disorder, personality disorder and schizophrenia, e.g. the structure, causes and functions of personality traits, and familial and cultural contributions to different psychopathologies. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in prominent international journals, and has received several international and domestic awards such as the H.J. Eysenck Memorial Fund Award in 2006. He also acts as the Editor-in-Chief, Section Editor, or Consulting Editor for several international journals, including the Journal of Psychiatry, BMC Psychiatry and Psychological Assessment. His website is

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