The therapist with his personality brings spring to the patient who is shivering in a frozen land.
- RHEE Dongshick


The essence of Taopsychotherapy is to bring spring to the patient who is shivering in a frozen land. To achieve this, the therapist must purify his mind(Ńřţ▒). This is Non-doing(wu-wei) of Laotzu, emptying mind(sunyata) of Buddhism, no projection(countertransference) of psychoanalysis.

Taopsychotherapy is the fusion of Tao with western psychoanalysis and psychotherapies(Daseinsanalysis, Existential analysis, Client-centered therapy, Transpersonal psychotherapy and Spiritual theological psychotherapy). These western psychotherapies are the results of the influence of the Tao and they are heading towards Tao, which is the reality, no projection, no transference, mature personality, no theory(concept), no technique, nondoing, emptiness, compassion, Jen, Godí»s grace, empathy and self-control.

In the west, psychoanalysis moved from metapsychology to clinical theory, experience near, intersubjectivity,
relational theory and contextualism. But still there is theory and technique. Taopsychotherapy is to achieve perfect empathy by removing í░Nuclear Feelings(something stuck in the chest, ń˘Űý˝ř┌¬).í▒ Tahui said ca. 1,000 years ago that if you remove í░something stuck in your chest,í▒ you are enlightened. Client-centered therapy could be called as Taopsychotherapy. No theory and technique. There is only pointing to the patientí»s mind. Behind something stuck in the chest, is í░Nuclear Feelings(ń˘Űý˝ř┌¬).í▒

Nuclear Feelings, purification of mind(elimination of Nuclear Feelings, ´ńŃř) and compassion(empathy) are
3 key words of Taopsychotherapy.

Western psychiatry and psychotherapies evolved from description, explanation, interpretation, understanding
(objective observation) to empathy (subject-object congruence) but still bound to theory. Taopsychotherapy is the cure for addiction to theory and technique of western psychotherapy.

Curative factorsú║personality of the therapist, concern, love(Freud), therapeutic Eros(Seguin), desire to help (J. Frank), change by feeling, Sorge(care) of Heidegger and empathy, all these converge on compassion.

Georg Picht(1972) maintained that one cannot reach truth by theory, one needs meditation. He pointed out that the theory is the product of Platonic metaphysics. Theory is based on logic which is dogma. Western culture and science are the derivatives of Platonic metaphysics. Western culture and science destroy nature, society and mankind because they are based on theory which is a dogma.

William Barrett(1956) maintained that the Tao is the remedy for freeing western philosophers from the í«conceptual prisoní» since Plato.

Personal knowledge of M. Polanyi, P. Bridgman asserted that truth is private not public. Truth can be communicated only to the other who had the same experience. Understanding by conceptual knowledge and by evidence(experi-
ence) in Zen Buddhism. Truth can be experienced not by conceptual knowledge but by Tao practice.
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