Handbook For Constructive Living / Edition 1

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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.

A revolutionary book that will help readers accept their limitations and get on with their lives. An action-oriented lifestyle based on Japanese psychotherapies, Constructive Living has helped thousands figure out how to banish many of the problems that plague us--such as procrastination and shyness.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Constructive Living (CL) derives from the practice of Naikan, an educational process developed by Ishin Yoshimoto (1916-88) and the thoughts of Masatake Morita (1874-1938). Numerous periodical articles (Cosmopolitan, May 1990, for example) listed in the bibliography have introduced the CL concept to the American lay public. This handbook presents the major tenets of CL-practical advice about active daily living and focusing on universal morally accountable purposeful behavior. CL asks one to accept reality (whatever one's is), know one's purpose (objectives), and do what must be done to reach those objectives. This handbook seems intended mostly for mental health professionals and sophisticated lay readers wishing to learn a natural way to better mental health. Reynolds (Even in Summer the Ice Doesn't Melt, LJ 10/1/86) is a former professor at UCLA School of Public Health, University of California School of Medicine, and the University of Houston. He is considered the leading Western authority on Japanese psychotherapy. Academic libraries supporting graduate psychotherapy courses or large public libraries may want to consider this insightful handbook.-Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
From The Critics
Reprint of the 1995 edition (William Morrow & Co.) on Morita psychotherapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824826000
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Latitude 20 Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 621,731
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Constructive Living
First Things 3
The Action Aspect of Constructive Living 9
The Reciprocity Aspect of Constructive Living 35
Constructive Living Theory
Action and Reflection 51
Misconceptions 56
Beginnings 74
Acceptance 76
Feelings Observed 79
Appraised Value 86
Making Sense of Reality 91
The Extension of Morita's Thought 94
Psychotherapy 99
Leveling 109
Shink Shock 111
Constructive Action 119
Constructive Living Observations 123
Keeping Pace 125
Wanting, Wanted, Wanton 126
Everyday Wonders 128
Comments from Constructive Living 130
Simplification 132
Inadequacies of Words 134
Constructive Living Arts
Constructive Living Maxims 139
Constructive Living Poetry 143
Constructive Living Tales 148
Constructive Living Koans 166
If I Were the Devil 172
The Bird Feeders 174
Constructive Living Practice
Life's Predicaments 179
Assignments 206
Remote World 219
The Practice of Constructive Living 221
Constructive Living Communications 232
Taking In Life 242
Quality Time 245
Principles of Constructive Living - An Examination 251
A Brief History of Constructive Living 262
Endings 271
App Intensive Naikan Guidance 273
Bibliography 281
Contact Information 285
Index 287
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