Chapter 13. Anxiety, Acceptance and Japanese Healing

The Role of Traditional Healing in Japanese Mental Health

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director3,4,5,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor6 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research3
  1. Fumitaka Noda M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Phychiatry Adjunct Professor1,2

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch13

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

Noda, F. (2009) Anxiety, Acceptance and Japanese Healing, in Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health (eds M. Incayawar, R. Wintrob and L. Bouchard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Runajambi – Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, Otavalo, Ecuador

  2. 4

    Former Henry R. Luce, Professor in Brain, Mind and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, USA

  3. 5

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 6

    WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Human Welfare, Faculty of Human Studies, Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan

  2. 2

    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470516836

Online ISBN: 9780470741054



  • anxiety, acceptance and Japanese healing - role of traditional healing in Japanese Mental Health;
  • Taijin Kyofusho (TKS or anthrophobia), a Japanese culture-bound syndrome, ‘anxiety’ - as a very important pathological factor in Japanese cultural climate;
  • Japanese psychology - key concepts and characteristics providing insight into understanding Japanese psychology;
  • Japanese anxiety - Japanese cultural climate and being able to read others' needs, a virtue;
  • religious climate of Japan;
  • Obon and New Year - two major events in Japanese calendar;
  • SHINRAN, founder of Jodo-Shin [True Pure Land] Buddhist sect stated in Tannishou;
  • local treatment (Morita therapy) - therapist never asking about or discussing inner psyche of client;
  • coexistence with traditional healers - anxiety felt by Japanese, tip of an iceberg that is a large ‘illness narrative’


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Japanese Psychology

  • Japanese Anxiety

  • The Religious Climate of Japan

  • Local Treatment (Morita Therapy)

  • Coexistence with Traditional Healers

  • Healing and Salvation

  • Acknowledgment

  • Note

  • References