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A Japanese Psychiatrist’s Takes on the Trials of Life

Each of us is born with a unique character, including distinctive “edges,” which are a key part of who we are. But sometimes other people poke at these edges and make our lives difficult. Unfortunately this trend is becoming more prevalent in today’s world. In this series, the psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji offers some hints on how we can lead our lives in such a world while preserving our individuality and being true to ourselves.

Crisis in Communication: The Ominous Rise of Language Without MeaningIzumiya Kanji

The language we hear being used in public discourse in Japan seems to have been drained of its meaning. Psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji discusses how true dialogue requires respect for others and a mutual readiness to change.
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Escaping Conformism and Keeping Individuality AliveIzumiya Kanji

Individuality is often unwelcome in Japan, but it is necessary to mental well-being. Psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji considers the sense of self.
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Unblocking the Heart’s Well of EmotionsIzumiya Kanji

Anger and sorrow are often seen as negative emotions, but in their deep forms issuing from the heart, they are actually expressions of love, and keeping them bottled up prevents us from feeling the joy of living.
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Overcoming the Fear of SolitudeIzumiya Kanji

Many people are afraid of solitude and strive to avoid feeling this sensation by filling the empty intervals in their lives with distractions. Psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji explains the value of solitary time spent in communication with one’s inner self.
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Reactivating the Self by Listening to the HeartIzumiya Kanji

In this age of plenty, a growing number of people are troubled by a loss of purpose and cannot even say what they want or like. Psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji explores the background to this problem and stresses the importance of listening to one’s own heart.
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