Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

Wakio Sato from Japan reports:

“A seed of Hearing Voices was sown into the soil in Dalian, China”

The 49th Annual Congress of the Japanese Association of Clinical Psychology was held in Dalian University, China on 5th & 6th July. It was held as a joint event with the University and in co-operation with the Japanese Association of Comparative Folklore. Professor Sou Kyoki, the Vice-President of Dalian University and School Principal of Japanese Language and Culture contributed most to the success of the event.

The main title was “Clinical Psychology in Eastern Asia; a new age of mutuality, which included “Natural Disaster and Psychology, Present Clinical Psychology and its problems in both countries and Clinical Psychology Tomorrow. In another programme on the second day, there was a Symposium on Compartive Folklore titled “Whereabouts and appearance of Mind and Soul in Eastern Asia.”

Under the theme of “Clinical Psychology Tomorrow” Wakio made a presentation on “Hearing Voices: a way in which you accept voices not as a symptom but as an experience and so you grow as a human”

He says

“the audience consisted of Chinese psychologists, folklore researchers, students of Japanese language and psychology association members. They seemed to be listening keenly but I haven’t had any feedback yet from the Chinese people!”

Wakio talked about the Hearing Voices method and philosophy and about a case of a non-patient voice hearer, Reverend T Iwamoto from a Japanese religion called Konko-kyo which originated in the latest Edo period in the village where Wakio is now living. He hopes this opportunity will be the start of Hearing Voices development in China.

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