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Report from the First International Conference on Existential Psychology

Louis Hoffman, PhD

University of the Rockies

April 1, 2010, existential psychology scholars from the United States, Canada, Ghana, the Bahamas, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and all across mainland China descended on Nanjing, China to engage in four intensive days of dialog and exchange on existential psychology. Attendees from the United States and the Society for Humanistic Psychology included Kirk Schneider, Ilene Serlin, Ed Mendelowitz, Erik Craig, Rich Bargdill, Susan Gordon, Jim Oraker, Jim Ungvarsky, Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman, Louis Hoffman, Elizabeth Saxon, Trent Claypool, Jason Dias, Michael Moats, Anthony Nkyi, and Nathan Lorentz. The conference was hosted by Xiaozhuang University in Nanjing with support from the Zhi Mian Institute of Psychology and the China Institute of Clinical Psychology.

The conference was surrounded by many events on existential psychology across China. Prior to the Nanjing big event, various attendees provided trainings in several locations across China. Kirk Schneider presented for 3-days at the China Institute of Clinical Psychology in Beijing. Louis Hoffman, Jim Ungvarsky, Jim Oraker, Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman and Mark Yang provided 3-days of training at Baptist University, Hong Kong with the support of Jason Dias, Trent Claypool, Michael Moats, and Anthony Nkyi serving as discussants. After this, Louis Hoffman, Mark Yang, and Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman provided a full-day training at Fudan University in Shanghai, one of China’s top three ranked universities. At the same time, Jason Dias, Trent Claypool, and Michael Moats presented at Suzhou University. The day before the conference, Louis Hoffman gave a lecture at Xiaozhuang University and participated in a discussion group at the Zhi Mian Institute of Psychology with Ilene Serlin, Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman, and Mark Yang. Following the 4-day conference, Ilene presented on Dance Therapy at the Zhi Mian Institute in Nanjing and the China Institute of Clinical Psychology in Beijing. By the end of the 2-weeks, over 1,000 people from China participated in the various trainings, presentations, and other exchanges.

The first day of the conference, our gracious hosts treated us to the Nanjing Massacre Museum, the Nanjing Yunjin (Broidery Brocade) Museum, and a special showing of the Chinese Opera at the Kun Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Providence. Throughout the conference we were treated to many wonderful feasts and other cultural experiences that helped set the context for the intellectual exchanges.

History of the Conference

The idea for the conference was first conceived in April, 2008, two short years before it became a reality. Mark Yang, an American psychologist living in Hong Kong, invited me to do some presentations on existential psychology in China. Surprised by the excited reception, we began plotting the conference and our book, Existential Psychology East-West. Soon we were joined in the planning by Xuefu Wang, who developed an indigenous existential psychology in China called Zhi Mian (literally “face to face” or “facing life as it is”).

In 2009, we traveled around China giving talks and engaging in dialogs about existential psychology to generate interest in the conference. During these exchanges we are able to begin identifying important themes and challenges that would be further explored in the 2010 conference. Everywhere we went we received a warm welcome and were invited back with an encouragement to stay longer. As I learned from Mark, in China the real test of your reception is the invitation to return. Many from the West come and receive a warm welcome, which is part of the culture, but most are not invited back.

The West has a long history of introducing approaches to psychology in a culturally insensitive manner in China. During our 2009 trip, we spend two days in Chengdu with the volunteers working from the Szechuan earthquake. The first night they presented to us and their experiences and what they worked in the year they had been volunteering. Jiajia Ren led off with a presentation titled, “Psychology as Dog Shit.” Trained in Chinese medicine, he attended many presentations from Westerners who came for a few days, stayed in nice hotels, ate at nice restaurants, told the relief workers about what they should be doing without considering cultural factors, did not listen to the people doing the work, and returned home feeling good about themselves. This, Jiajia felt, was dog shit. With Mark’s guidance and maintaining an existential approach of openness and exchange, we took a different approach and listened. Jiajia joined us for the rest of our travels to Nanjing and Shanghai. At the end of the trip, he paid us the highest compliment we received in China saying, “Existential therapy, I think, is not dog shit.”

After leaving Chengdu, we presented for 3-days in Nanjing and in the lunches and evenings we engaged in exchange. Although we presented about Western existential psychology, our trip was just as much about discovering indigenous existential psychology rooted in Chinese thought, encouraging the scholars and practitioners from China to engage in cultural critique of Western approaches, and working together to discover how Western existential psychology would need to be adapted in China and other Eastern cultures. We learned as much, likely more, than we taught. But more than that, we worked to create something new together. It was this spirit that seemed to carry us forward and created the vision for the 2010 conference focusing on dialog and exchange.

Our hope for the 2010 First International Conference on Existential Psychology was to have an equal balance of Western and Eastern scholars, with an equal emphasis on indigenous Eastern existentialism as Western existentialism. Although we fell just short of this goal in the first conference, I am confident that by 2012 conference in Japan we will succeed in achieving this goal.

Existential Psychology in the East

As I have taught about existential psychology over the past 10-years, I have often heard students say, “that sounds very Eastern.” In traveling to China over the past 2 ½ years, I have been heartened to hear that many in China also felt a natural resonance with existential thought. Certainly Taoism and Buddhism include existential sensitivities, but the connection is much deeper. Many people in China commented, “we know how to suffer” and discussed appreciating a psychology that allows people to find meaning in their suffering. They discussed an appreciation for the arts and the way in which the arts are deeply connected with how Chinese culture has dealt with their emotional suffering.

One of the most significant resonances was in the work being developed by Xuefu Wang, the leading scholar of indigenous Chinese existential psychology. He developed an approach to psychology that introduced and built upon the ideas of Lu Xun, an important scholar in the history of China. This approach, Zhi Mian, bears great similarity to Western existential psychology. Wang has now introduced Lu Xun to the United States through presentations and his chapter in Existential Psychology East West (Hoffman, Yang, Kaklauskas, & Chan, 2009, University of the Rockies Press). United States scholar, Ed Mendelowitz, upon hearing Wang’s keynote address at the 2010 conference, referred to Wang’s work on Lu Xun and Zhi Mian (embodied as they are in the man himself) as among the most important ideas to be introduced into existential psychology in many years.

There is an existential psychology that is growing with excitement in China, and not just from the introduction of Western existential psychology. It is a merger of Western and Eastern approaches to existential psychology. The dialog and exchange promises not only to greatly impact psychology in China, but also to help revitalize existential psychology in the West.

The Impact

Over the past several years I have taken students with me on the trip to China. The students did more than just come along for the ride; they participated, engaged, learned, and taught. They were an important part of creating what cumulated at the 2010 conference. Yet, I was always hearted that, like me, they felt this experience was life changing. As this year’s conference came closer and many leading existential scholars planned to participate, I wondered about how they would respond. As the conference came to a close, it was evident that the many United States scholars had that same life changing experience. This is a testament to living existential psychology -- staying open to the unknown and allowing oneself to be impacted at the I-Thou level by others. We will be riding the waves of impact from this conference, for many years to come.

Processing of this event is far from over. We will be riding the waves of impact from this conference for many years to come. I believe it will have impact felt throughout the existential psychology world in the United States as each of us bring back our experiences and the wisdom we gained from our colleagues and friends in the East. Existential therapy is about encounter; the First International Conference on Existential psychology was an encounter that changed us and through us may help rejuvenate existential scholarship in the West.

 

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