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A Handbook for Constructive Living


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David K. Reynolds is the founder of Constructive Living and the director of the Constructive Living Center in Coos Bay, Oregon. He is the only Westerner to have been awarded the Kora Prize and the Morita Prize by the Japanese Morita Therapy Association. He is the author of Constructive Living and Quiet Therapies: Japanese Pathways to Personal Growth.


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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