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How would you feel if you were a patient of Naikan therapy…


Many indigenous methods of healing differ from Western notions of healing. Indigenous healing is a culture-specific intervention, which is indigenously developed to treat the native people. Naikan therapy is a type of indigenous healing, which was created and promoted by Ishin Yoshimoto. In 1953, Yoshimoto established the first Naikan center in Yamato Koriyama, Nara, Japan. Naikan means introspection. Nai means inner or inside and kan means looking. Therefore, Naikan literally means looking inside or looking within. It involves a process of continuous meditation based upon highly structured instruction in self-observation and self-reflection, and its purposes are self-discovery and self-renewal. In Naikan, we explore our past using the following three themes:

  1. What we received from others.
  2. What we did for others.
  3. The troubles we caused others.

In your paper, answer the following:

  • How would you feel if you were a patient of Naikan therapy?
  • Have you experienced indigenous healing in the past? If you have, describe your experience. If you know someone who has experienced indigenous healing, describe the story you heard from that person.
  • What are some of the differences between this therapy and Western psychotherapy?

The paper should be 4 pages, 12 Roman Time, double space

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