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Book Release Conference--Midnight Tree Hole: Letters between College Students and Psychological Counselorsheld at Shanghai Book Fair

Tongji University Press
August 24, 2020

On the evening of August 15, “Secrets in the Tree Hole: Concerning the Psychological Confusion of College Students and the New Book Release Conference--Midnight Tree Hole: Letters between College Students and Psychological Counselors” organized jointly by Tongji University Press and the Psychological Counseling Center of Tongji University(hereinafter referred to as “Tongji Psychological Center”) was held in the main hallof the Shanghai Book Fair. ZHAO Xudong, a well-known domestic psychotherapist, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association for Mental Health, and Professor atthe Tongji University School of Medicine and School of Humanities,delivered a special lecture at invitation. WANG Xiaoli, the Tongji Psychological CenterDirector, and YAO Yuhong, editor-in-chief of the new book and Associate Professor of the Tongji Psychological Center, were present to share the original intention,publishing process, and main content of the book.

At the conference, WANG and YAO gave a detailed introduction to the publication:Midnight Tree Hole: Letters between College Students and Psychological Counselors. This book comes from a column, named:Midnight Tree Holeon the public WeChat account of the Tongji Psychological Center. Since October 2017, it has answered online questions from Tongji students about psychological problems. The full- and part-time psychological consultants of the Tongji Psychological Center reply by letter, aiming to answer students’practical confusion from a professional perspective. On this basis, an idea emerged, “We want to gather the questions and confusion of the students in the book, so that more readers, students, and teachers can understand the confusion of college students,” so Midnight Tree Hole came out. This book is also the first, full, question-and-answer mental health reader for college students based on real questions in China, hoping to convey the concerns and understandings of college students.It is also hoped that the school will be able to contribute to the mental health education of college students nationwide in the process of promoting its own psychological education.


In College Students’ Mental Health: The Triple Perspectives of Teachers, Clinical Therapists and Researchers,Professor ZHAO, analyzes deeply the complex social environment and life issues faced by college students, puts forward the importance of paying attention to the mental health of college students, shares typical cases in his clinical work and Tongji University's investigation and research on psychological conditions of college students, and offers sincere suggestions on how to understand themselves and adapt to society.

According to the introduction at the Conference, Midnight Tree Hole has two characteristics; one of which is true. The 68 questions contained in the book came from real college students' questions in the backstage of the official account, reflecting the thoughts and feelings of college students in daily life, including many common problems. Procrastination in study and scientific research, confusion about professional development, difficulties in getting along with roommates, conflicts and dislocation communication with boyfriends or girlfriends, are a few examples included. Some of the questions also involved emotional disorders,such as depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorder, and bulimia,all of whichsociety has become increasingly concerned in recent years. Other characteristics include professionalism and operability. The replies in the book all come from professional psychological consultants’ answers topatients.

Based on years of theoretical researchand clinical experience, the consultants include not only their understanding and empathy of the questioner’s situation, but also the popularization of psychological knowledge. They also try to provide feasible suggestions to solve the problems.