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Confucian-style Self and Its Practice: A Study of Indigenous Psychology
Pages: 124-134
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Nankai Journal(Philosophy,Literature and Social Science Edition)

Keyword:  Confucian-style SelfGuanxi OrientationActual SelfEthical SelfSelf-practice;
Abstract: The self-concept of Confucianism used to be in the field of humanities studies and it started to be discussed in indigenous psychology in recent years. From this perspective, a new interpretation of the Confucian self can be offered. Those arguments relatively close to this perspective includes the"PSH", the"interdependent self","the focusfield self"and the social orientation self. What is common in their arguments is that the Confucian self can be understood in a"Guanxi". With this consensus, the Confucian-style self can be better interpreted by a research framework of Guanxi-oriented self. It means that the Guanxi Confucian presupposed is the premise of self, and that an individual"actual self"would always follow the"ethical self"of Guanxi. To understand this constitution of self, it is necessary to establish the mode of self by taking values and social class as one axis and taking relationship distance as another axis in a coordinate. Thus it can also explain those Chinese phenomena such as the big self or the small self, public benefits and private benefits, shame feelings, faces and favors and so on.
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