Pragmatism and Psychology in the Chinese business arena

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"Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: They forgot they were from different planets."

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is a classic guide by Dr. John Gray on understanding the opposite sex. It has helped millions of couples transform their relationships by helping men and women realize how different they can be in their communication styles, emotional needs, and modes of behavior. It offers the secrets of communicating without conflicts, allowing couples to give their relationship every chance to grow.

So, let's imagine an American from Mars and a Chinese person from Venus developing similar amnesia when trying to partner for business inside the Chinese arena but suddenly being challenged by contrasting rituals, emotional biases, and strange communication patterns. They forget how to talk to each other.

This book will guide readers to create more constructive communication patterns with Chinese counterparts by activating positive imagination and purpose-driven curiosity. We will elevate awareness, remove the shackles of dogmatism and myopia, and secure a more rewarding journey into everything the oriental kingdom offers. Pragmatism and psychology are two pivotal determinants of your approach in the Chinese arena. When applied effectively, these notions will power your 'Guanxi engine' toward more favorable outcomes.

As the title suggests, Strategic Pragmatism For De-Risking Post-Covid China, adopting pragmatic considerations is a strategic choice. Still, psychological factors determine whether any tactics employed will work in the Chinese business arena. Unfamiliar behavior patterns can cause frustration or shift focus to understanding an alternative paradigm, as every local participant in the Chinese arena thinks differently and responds irrationally.

"We mustn't be seduced by honeymoon rituals or frustrated by circular communication patterns. Instead, we must prepare psychologically to thrive within the unusual discourse of an alien environment, so we'll reorient our approach around a novel mindset adjustment to navigate the complexities of doing business in China: pragmatic psychology."

Pragmatic Psychology (definition)

conception, noun as in pragmatic psychologist
1. the art of war thinking or of utilizing words and expressions to realize objectives.
2. the science of human behavior in the Chinese business arena.
3. the sum or characteristics of the psyche and emotions of a person when engaged in cross-cultural communications:
| the pragmatic psychology of a global leader; the pragmatic psychology of negotiations.
4. psychological ploys or strategy:
| He used pragmatic psychology on his local Chinese partners to align their approach in China.

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