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Psychologist calls China a nation of giant infants

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op society and culture news for March 13, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Trump to host Xi at Mar-a-Lago in April — U.S. media."
4 months ago
Jiayun Feng

  • A psychologist explains why Chinese people only have the mental age of a six-month-old / Quartz
    In the recent book The Country of “Giant Babies” 巨婴国 (in Chinese), by Wu Zhihong 武志红, a famous mental health doctor who has written several best sellers about psychology, the author defines contemporary China as a nation of giant babies in search of their mothers. In the book, Wu looks at a wide range of social problems, such as “mama’s boys,” conflicts between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, and suicides of left-behind kids in rural areas. To explain why these phenomena exist, Wu argues that the majority of Chinese share three characteristics with infants younger than six months. First, they can’t tell themselves apart from the outside world. Second, they want everything to follow their own rules. Last, they don’t recognize anything between the two extremes of good and bad. The book was recently removed from Chinese bookstores in mid-February due to bad print quality, according to the publisher, but Chinese internet users have speculated that “censors banned the book because it is offensive to Chinese beliefs and traditions.”

By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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