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Psychological collectivism in traditional martial arts

Partikova, Veronika 2019. Psychological collectivism in traditional martial arts. Martial Arts Studies 7 , pp. 49-59. 10.18573/mas.72

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Abstract

This paper offers a new perspective for viewing traditional martial arts in terms of psychology. It argues that ‘traditional’ martial arts offer physical skills, moral codes, rituals, roles, and hierarchical relationships which, taken together, creates the perfect environment for psychological collectivism . Psychological collectivism focuses on individuals and their abilities to accept the norms of an in-group, understand hierarchy, and feel interdependence or the common faith of the group. First, this paper introduces the theory of psychological collectivism and connects it with traditional martial arts known as wushu or kung fu. It argues that traditional Asian martial arts create situations strong enough to activate collectivistic attributes of self and suggests that practitioners’ mind-sets can be different within and outside of the training environment. This kind of collectivistic interaction may provide one explanation for how non-Asian practitioners function in such training environments and how the traditional Asian martial arts can work as psychosocial therapies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 December 2018
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 13:58
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/119232

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