Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan

Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan

by Chikako Ozawa-de Silva
     
 

Naikan is a Japanese psychotherapeutic method which combines meditation-like body engagement with the recovery of memory and the reconstruction of one's autobiography in order to bring about healing and a changed notion of the self.

Based on original anthropological fieldwork, this fascinating book provides a detailed ethnography of Naikan in practice. In

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Naikan is a Japanese psychotherapeutic method which combines meditation-like body engagement with the recovery of memory and the reconstruction of one's autobiography in order to bring about healing and a changed notion of the self.

Based on original anthropological fieldwork, this fascinating book provides a detailed ethnography of Naikan in practice. In addition, it discusses key issues such as the role of memory, autobiography and narrative in health care, and the interesting borderland between religion and therapy, where Naikan occupies an ambiguous position. Multidisciplinary in its approach, it will attract a wide readership, including students of social and cultural anthropology, medical sociology, religious studies, Japanese studies and psychotherapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415545686
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,052,986
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Naikan 1. Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Introspection 2. The Expansion of Naikan 3. Personal Accounts of Naikan Part 2: Therapy 4. A Confessed Therapy 5. Embodies Memory and the Reconstruction of Autobiography 6. Naikan as an Alternative to Western Therapies Part 3: Religion 7. Naikan's Shin Buddhist Legacy 8. Enclosed Silence, Sacred Space: Death in the Naikan Environment 9. Using the Body: The Role of Meditation 10. Elements of Christianity in Naikan? 11. From Salvation to Healing: Ties between Religion and Therapy Part 4: Health & Society 12. The Place of Culture in Health and Illness 13. Conclusion: Questioning the Categories of Religion and Psychotherapy

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