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Morita Therapy and the True Nature of Anxiety-Based Disorders


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List of Illustrations Translator's Preface Author's Preface Editor's Introduction Author's Introduction 1. Principles of Morita Therapy Shiso-no-mujun: Contradiction between Ideas and Reality Subjectivity and Objectivity Emotion and Knowledge Taitoku (Experiential Embodied Understanding) and Rikai (Intellectual Understanding) Beliefs, Judgments, and Errors of Logic Theories of the Unconcious Nature and Artificiality Objective Projection of Ideas Obedience to Nature The Opposing Function of Mind Choice of Circumstance Meaning of "Subjectivity" Attention Relationship between Attention and Consciousness Harmonizing Function of the Mind Mushoju-shin Guiding Principles of Emotions 2. Therapy for Anxiety Disorders with Hypochondriasis (Shinkeishitsu) Origins of the Method of Treatments by Morita The First Stage: Isolation and Rest The Second Stage: Light Occupational Work The Third Stage: Intensive Occupational Work The Fourth Stage: Preparation for Daily Living Pure Mind 3. The Effectiveness of Morita Therapy The Effectiveness of Morita Therapy Process of Recovery Healing in Clients with Chronic Organic Dysfunction Course of Treatment Adverse Effects of Conventional Methods of Treatment 4. Therapy for Paroxysmal Neurosis What is Paroxysmal Neurosis? A Client with Attacks of Palpitations A Client with Attacks of Gastrospasm A Client with Attacks Resembling Labor Pain 5. Therapy for Obsessive Disorders and Phobias Nature of Obsesseive Disorders Therapeutic Focus in Treating Obsessive Disorders Plunge into Fear Recovery in a Client with a Fear of Stealing Course of Treatment 6. Persuasion Therapy What is Persuasion Therapy? Adverse Effects of Logical Persuasion Attachment to Ego Ego-Centered Dogmatism Attachment as a Biased View Attitude toward Fear Religious and Philosophical Persuasion Return to Nature 7. Experiential Therapy for the Treatment of Anxiety-Based Disorders Relation to Other Disorders Sensitivity to Symptoms Religion and View of Life The Relationship between Superstition and Obsessive Disorders The Rose of Education in Promoting Mental and Physical Health Editor's Glossary of Morita Therapy Terms Supplementary Section: Theories about Nature and Disorder that Inform Morita Therapy Hypochondriasis and Anxiety Seishin-kogo-sayo Classification of Anxiety-Based Disorders (Shinkeishitsu) Reconceptualizing Personality Disorders Classification of Dispositions References Index

About the Author

Shoma Morita published the original Japanese version of this translation in 1928. This English translation was developed by Akihisa Kondo, a practitioner of classical Morita therapy, Zen, and psychoanalysis. Peg LeVine is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and is the only English-speaking person outside Japan practicing the classical four-stage Morita treatment.


"Some of Morita's insights into the changeable nature of feelings and attention were ahead of his time. These insights fit well with some modern theories of how the dynamic brain works." -- Henry J. Kahn, University of California-San Francisco "This book is important in itself as a historical document as Morita therapy represents a unique form of treatment which has emerged out of Japanese culture. It presents a different perspective on mental health and impairment and thus another way of understanding human beings." -- Mike Sayama, author of Samadhi: Self Development in Zen, Swordsmanship, and Psychotherapy

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