Summary

In summary, the essence of Taopsychotherapy is that the feelings of the therapist are utilized to treat the nuclear feelings of the patient, which hold sway over the patient’s mind and behaviour throughout his/her life at every moment. In order to understand the patient’s feelings, the therapist should have and develop compassion, which can be attained by resolution of therapist’s nuclear feelings through purification of the mind.

The goal of western psychoanalysis/psychotherapy and eastern Tao is the same and the only difference is one of degree or level. In other words, the process of western psychoanalysis and Zen practice are the same, up to a particular point.

Also, the principles of Taopsychotherapy are not applied differently according to the identification of various different mental disorders. The fundamental philosophical background in Taopsychotherapy is to be aware of reality and accept reality as it is.

This is the basis of eastern traditional thought.

The holistic view of understanding ‘body-mind’ as a unity shares the same philosophical base in terms of reality.



■ Acknowledgements

The author wishes to express deep appreciation to Professor RHEE Dongshick for providing sagely advice and guidance in preparing this paper and also, thank Ms. Sharon Summers for her assistance with suggesting better expression of my translation from Korean to English.



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