Japanese Psychotherapies

Silence and Body-Mind Interconnectedness in Morita, Naikan and Dohsa-hou

  • Velizara Chervenkova

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. On the Threshold

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Velizara Chervenkova
      Pages 3-6
    3. Velizara Chervenkova
      Pages 7-11
  3. Japan—A Land on the Edge of the World

  4. The Sun Rising at the Gate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Velizara Chervenkova
      Pages 81-138
    3. Velizara Chervenkova
      Pages 139-170
  5. Into the Depths: Silence Beneficial, Silence Torturing

  6. In a Nutshell

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Velizara Chervenkova
      Pages 231-236
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-275

About this book


The book presents three Japanese psychotherapeutic approaches, Morita, Naikan, and Dohsa-hou, in the chronological order of their development, giving a thorough account of both their underlying concepts and practical applications. In addition to describing their idiosyncrasies, a major focus of the book is also to elucidate as to how the deeply imprinted cultural specificities of these approaches, emanating from their common cultural ground, converge to two focal points—silence and body-mind interconnectedness—that vest the approaches with their therapeutic power. In so doing, the book gives an insight into the intrinsic dynamics of the methods and emphasizes on their potential for universal applicability notwithstanding their indisputable cultural peculiarities. This self-contained and well-structured book fills the gap in the yet scarce English-language literature on Japanese psychotherapies.


Japanese Cross-Cultural Psychology Japanese Clinical and Counselling Psychology Medical Anthropology Japanese Psychotherapies Body-Mind Interconnectedness Therapeutic Power of Silence Naikan therapy Morita therapy Dohsa-hou therapy

Authors and affiliations

  • Velizara Chervenkova
    • 1
  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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