Handbook For Constructive Living / Edition 1

Handbook For Constructive Living / Edition 1

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by David K. Reynolds
     
 

Western psychotherapy, with its emphasis on analyzing our backgrounds and feelings, has left millions anxious and confused. Constructive Living is the antidote. Brilliantly simple and effective, Constructive Living is an action-based way of looking at the world that combines good, old-fashioned straight talk and two celebrated Japanese psychotherapies: Morita and… See more details below

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Western psychotherapy, with its emphasis on analyzing our backgrounds and feelings, has left millions anxious and confused. Constructive Living is the antidote. Brilliantly simple and effective, Constructive Living is an action-based way of looking at the world that combines good, old-fashioned straight talk and two celebrated Japanese psychotherapies: Morita and Naikan. The work of Dr. Shoma Morita emphasizes action - meeting every challenge to reach your goal. It shows us how to live thoughtfully and economically, to regard our actions as if they were divine rituals, and to perform them with the utmost care. Naikan therapy stresses focusing attention outward, avoiding self-absorption, and, especially, reflecting on our relationships to all those who give us life and make it easier. Here, in plain language, David Reynolds, the father of Constructive Living, has at last written the definitive guide for taking control of your life and imbuing it with greater meaning and productivity. He contends that contentment is achieved, not bestowed - attaining peace and satisfaction takes daily practice and learning. In this revolutionary book, David Reynolds is your teacher. With user-friendly anecdotes, practical exercises, and a good sense of humor, he refreshes the experienced student and takes the novice right to the beginning, laying out the essence of Constructive Living.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824826000
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Series:
Latitude 20 Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
669,777
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
An Introduction to Constructive Living
First Things3
The Action Aspect of Constructive Living9
The Reciprocity Aspect of Constructive Living35
Constructive Living Theory
Action and Reflection51
Misconceptions56
Beginnings74
Acceptance76
Feelings Observed79
Appraised Value86
Making Sense of Reality91
The Extension of Morita's Thought94
Psychotherapy99
Leveling109
Shink Shock111
Constructive Action119
Constructive Living Observations123
Keeping Pace125
Wanting, Wanted, Wanton126
Everyday Wonders128
Comments from Constructive Living130
Simplification132
Inadequacies of Words134
Constructive Living Arts
Constructive Living Maxims139
Constructive Living Poetry143
Constructive Living Tales148
Constructive Living Koans166
If I Were the Devil172
The Bird Feeders174
Constructive Living Practice
Life's Predicaments179
Assignments206
Remote World219
The Practice of Constructive Living221
Constructive Living Communications232
Taking In Life242
Quality Time245
Principles of Constructive Living - An Examination251
A Brief History of Constructive Living262
Conclusion
Endings271
AppIntensive Naikan Guidance273
Bibliography281
Contact Information285
Index287

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