Encounters in the Middle Kingdom

Encounters in the Middle Kingdom: On the way in China under a psychological perspective / Begegnungen im Reich der Mitte: Mit psychologischem Blick unterwegs in China
By Ulrich Sollmann
Psychosozial-Verlag, 2018
ISBN: 978-3-8379-2547-0; ISBN E-Book: 978-3-8379-7377-8

  • The book shows how Chinese feel, how they behave, how they relate to each other, how they solve conflicts, how they experience themselves and how they make business.
  • The book defines typical patterns of experience, behaviour and impact. This is illustrated by practical examples.
  • This of course is related and explained via the Chinese culture and tradition.
  • A main focus is the verbal and nonverbal communication in China.
  • The psychological view on people in China offers the chance to understand better main aspects of social change in China.
  • The author integrates his own experience as an emotional echo and resonance. So he offers a transcultural role model: how to experience and to react in a strange culture like China.
  • The book also is a complementary view on China compared to the most partial medial coverage
    Target groups: People who want to understand better China, and those who want to travel there.
  • People who work as expats in China or are related to Chinese business. People who have interest in psychological and ethnological issues.


  • There are many (often repeated) stereotypes about China. These usually offer only a view on a social cultural and human surface. But to understand China better means to have a deeper view inside the human and cultural soul as well as a view behind the scene. This creates new questions which help to improve ones own point of view referring to China.
  • Economy and politics are made by people, by human beings. So it is essentially necessary to have a differentiated psychological view on the people in order to understand and react better to politics and the economical development/change.
  • China impresses the world by its swift economic and social change. The experience of people, their psychic inner state of being as well as their behavoiur root and date back to tradition. Little by little Chinese begin to describe that what they do, how they feel and how they live their relationships and how to understand this. Especially this is a gentle and invaluable aspect of which we have to take care.
  • The impressions, experiences and estimations in the book are based on plenty encounter with people in China during many years and on continued various relationships in China and in virtuality. The ethnological ambulation of the author enables sensible, plastic and humanly views in Chinese psyche.
  • Because the author worked mainly as therapist and counsellor in metropoles and with Chinese in Germany, we get a remarkable inner view which gives us new questions about China and enables surprising impressions. The author always tried to proof his observations, explanations and estimations together with Chinese and to deepen them.
  • The Author integrates constantly himself in the description of relation-scenes via reporting his own detailed emotional echo. He is therefore his most important observation and research tool. The style of writing is concrete, vivid, plastic and personal. This makes the book professional in special way. It opens an access to the people in China via experiences.
  • For the first time the author shows from the inside how, mainly young, Chinese feel, think, love, act and configure relationships. How they solve conflicts, how they work and how they cope with the demands of social change. Thereby alternate intimate views in the psyche of young Chinese with clear reference to the historical and traditional shaped psyche of today’s China. Further the author can identify typical and important patterns of behavior and impact.


Ulrich Sollmann, Bochum, Counselor/Coach, Body- Psychotherapist and author, is occupied with China for many years and for mostly professional causes three times a year in China since 2012.

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