Psychologist Stephen Diamond writes that the recent string of violence across China could be related to personal stress brought on by the financial pressures of a more competitive economy. "China is experiencing an enormous economic boom during recent times. Along with this explosive growth and financial success come far more societal complexity and stress, as we westerners know all too well. Life loses its simplicity, becoming much more demanding, and this can be extremely traumatic not only for individuals, but for a culture as well."