A Ｘmas letter to Dr. Aaron T. Beck
I am Kyoto Uni Grad Shrink, Akio Samejima M.D.
I began health insurance CBT recently at my Osaka Office.
Mainly Dr. Yutaka Ohno has warmly continued to coach me through
the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare course Japan.
CBT is lately, but surely admitted psychotherapy by the establishment,
Of course I’ve read your “Cognitive Therapy of Depression”,
“Cognitive Therapy and the emotional disorders”, and was deeply moved.
The style is the person, they say.
Your books are deeply tasty, though not sharp.
Warm, frank, simple and honest personality ― I feel from you.
Your music of psychotherapy is Antonin Dvorzak, if you allow me to nickname you.
Please keep standing by people at the bottom of the ladder on their way of life.
I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Akio Samejima M.D. 鮫島 章郎
Samejima Heartwarming Clinic, Osaka, JAPAN
◇ Which is more healthy, "pleasure"or "mastery"？
建設的な質問だとうぬぼれていますが、大野裕 Yutaka Ohno先生に「達成感のある行動と
hedonia という言葉もあり、喜びを喜びとして感じ得ることは healthy です。
cf. The typical depression patient didn't act on what she "wanted" to do rather than
what she"should" do. （Aaron T.Beck et al. "Cognitive therapy of depression"
6. Session by session treatment: a typical course of therapy. p113） (2017.7.21)
Dear Prof. Aaron Temkin Beck,
Now you are 96 years old. Congratulations!
I’m Kyoto Uni. grad shrink, Director of Samejima Heartwarming Clinic (Osaka, JAPAN), reading your books repeatedly and once have written a letter to you.
You wrote in your case history; she didn’t act on what she “wanted” to do rather than what she “should” do (Cognitive therapy of depression, chapter 6, p113).
This sentence reminded me of a Q&A between Prof. Yutaka Ohno and me the other day. Once I asked him, “In general roughly speaking, which behavior is more healthy, pleasure or mastery?
Then he replied, “In our experience in Keio Hospital, depression patients tend to choose
mastery behavior plan first in the course of behavior therapy.”
I thanked him by answering, ”Serious persons like your hospital, don’t they?”
Looking the term anhedonia(loss of pleasure) as a depression symptom, to feel pleasure as pleasure is a healthy thing.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy has become very famous, but true therapist is few.
I will be a health insurance-Beck Therapist tomorrow reading your books as Bible.
Be active and live a long life for the future, Prof. Beck!
July 25, 2017
Sincerely, Akio Samejima, M.D.