Successful therapy is defined not as the absence of disease, but the presence of health and happiness.
Although my training in psychiatry taught me how to reduce or contain symptoms diagnosed as diseases or mental disorders, it had not helped me understand health to the same degree. “Successful psychological adjustment” was not better understood or practiced by traditional mental health experts than by ordinary people who have never heard of sophisticated psychological theories.
Departing from Freud Psychology to a Psychology of Health
I stopped being a passive observer of patients divulging problem after problem. Instead, speaking more than 70 percent of the time, I challenged what I was taught.
I actively tested and sought new insights on the mind. To improve, revise and test concepts and their utility, I defined what I meant by self, intimacy and achievement, as well as a science of health, or a better understanding of wellbeing and symptoms of distress.
I used terms patients would use, and invented a simple means to measure or quantify well-being, distress or intimacy.
“And despite all that, I was surprised to find that people kick, scream, and yell all the way to well-being…”
It is only through persuasion, humor, perseverance, and a concerted effort that some individuals, according to their own Lifetrack self-rating, achieve and surpass a previous best level of adjustment or well-being.
The Lifetrack active approach to therapy differs both in substance and style to the classical psychoanalytic approach, which focuses on neurosis and bringing the unconscious to the fore through the method of free association.
The Lifetrack approach is human intensive (involving two-hour sessions).
During the first session, a case history is taken about their past and a key rapport formed. Patients are presented with an analysis of their problem. I lay out the goal, method, and process of therapy; the expected course of therapy; and the required time and cost of therapy, which typically lasts from 3 to 6 months. Emphasis in therapy is placed on changing the structure of one’s personality or mind through a process of breakthrough intimacy with someone who is already in the patient’s life — usually a spouse or equivalent important relationship. Ideally, that person stays in the patient’s life long after therapy is terminated.
While for Freud sex was primordial in intimacy, for Dr. Yukio Ishizuka it is either 1/3 or 1/9 of the total experience of intimacy or closeness (see love definition).
Success is defined as surpassing a previous best by several times over. The process of growth is focused and the graphs make feedback immediate, making therapy usually shorter than traditional approaches.
Visual models of Lifetrack concepts, as well as daily graphic tracking of patients’ subjective self-rating on parameters that build health accelerate the process of growth in their self, intimacy and achievement spheres. The graphs, the therapist’s interpretation, and the patient’s life partner helps the individual overcome initial resistance and a fear of the unknown (greater happiness).
Freud insisted that health is love and work. Dr. Ishizuka went further. He defines and measures love (love definition), work (work definition) and self (self definition). Through breakthrough intimacy, Dr. Ishizuka helps individuals make a fundamental breakthrough in their personality structure.
This personality change allows an individual to accommodate, balance and enjoy higher levels of self, intimacy and achievement. Often, when health is built, the stress symptoms that lead individuals to seek help often disappear altogether or a reduced to only small and occasional occurrences.
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Freud Psychology, Lifetrack Therapy, Current Psychology
A Japanese psychiatrist discusses Freud psychology, psychoanalysis and its differences with Lifetrack psychology, a psychology based on happiness and health.