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Handbook for Constructive Living Paperback – April 30, 2002
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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.
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Constructive Living is a way of looking at the world which combines straight talk and action, blending the perceptions of two famous Japanese psychotherapies in a guide to setting and reaching goals. From living economically to avoiding self-absorption, this provides a key to creating a behavior-centered lifestyle. --Midwest Book Review
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Reynolds challenges a variety of sacred cows in American life: about the importance of feelings, about so-called 'uncovering' psychotherapies (those which focus primarily on history and insight into how we got to be the way we are), and about so-called rugged individualism. In their places, Reynolds weaves two Japanese therapies together, Morita Therapy and Naikan Therapy, which promise only to help the reader see reality more clearly, and to make conscious choices about handling reality, as it is, not necessarily as we wish it were. Owing a debt to Japanese Buddhist psychology, Reynolds, who has been writing for more than a quarter of a century, anticipates the most exciting developments now occurring in American cognitive-behavior therapy. This book is by a pioneer. He says that "effort is good fortune." If so, then reading this book and practicing its teachings may be very good fortune, indeed.