Professor Toshio Kawai’s Participation at a Discussion Meeting Organized by the Japan Association of Jungian Psychology Was Featured in Japanese Journal of Jungian Psychology (Vol. 13).
Prof. Toshio Kawai participated in a discussion meeting that was organized by the Japan Association of Jungian Psychology (JAJP) and held online on August 20th, 2020. The record was published in Japanese Journal of Jungian Psychology (Vol. 13).
This discussion meeting was held in response to a special issue of the journal about the COVID-19 pandemic and operated under the theme “Corona Crisis and Jungian Psychology.” In addition to Prof. Kawai, Prof. Taro Yamamoto (Professor, Nagasaki University) and Prof. Yoshiaki Kawasaki (Professor, Gakushuin University) participated in the meeting while Prof. Sonoko Toyoda (Toyoda Analytical Plaxis) moderated.
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Consider the COVID-19 pandemic
“Grand narratives” and “small narratives”
In the article, Prof. Yamamoto discusses the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of infectious epidemiology, while Prof. Kawai, Prof. Kawasaki, and Prof. Toyoda deliver opinions from the perspective of psychological care based on clinical psychology and Jungian psychology. In the discussion, the meaning of infectious diseases for the ecosystem and resident bacteria are also discussed, and “coexistence with the novel coronavirus” is mentioned as one of the themes.
In the historical context, major social changes have occurred following pandemics. Being aware of the flow of history, they speak about the meaning of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related crisis. They consider that the ongoing pandemic will be an opportunity to confront various problems, such as social problems and environmental problems caused by human intervention in nature, which have accumulated with the current trend of globalization and information technology.
Prof. Kawai proposes the viewpoints of “grand narratives” and “small narratives” in the discussion. The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on society as a whole can be seen as a “grand narrative.” In addition to valuing this perspective, they conclude that finding one’s own solution in each “small narrative” can be effective in the course of their lives, as no one knows how the world will change in the future.
Taro Yamamoto, Toshio Kawai, Yoshiaki Kawasaki, Sonoko Toyoda
“Corona Crisis and Jungian Psychology” (2021, Japanese version only)
Japanese Journal of Jungian Psychology (Vol. 13), pp. 13-42.