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Chapter 19: Morita Therapy: A Philosophy of Yin/Yang Coexistence

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Morita Therapy: A Philosophy of Yin/Yang Coexistence
Morita therapy: A philosophy of yin/yang coexistence
Charles P.Chen

Morita therapy is a Japanese psychotherapy established by psychiatrist Shoma Morita in the late 1910s and early 1920s (Morita, 1928/1974). Rooted in the Eastern philosophy of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, Morita therapy was originally developed for the treatment of clients with the general symptom of nervousness and social anxiety (shinkeishitsu in Japanese) (Kitanishi, 1992; Kora, 1991). The therapy is one of the very few Eastern or Asian therapeutic models that has received considerable attention in the Western helping professions for the last several decades, especially since the 1970s. There has been much interest in exploring the clinical value of Morita therapy through both research and practice (Alden & Ishiyama, 1997; Ishiyama, ...

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