The paper “The 2011 earthquake in Japan: Psychotherapeutic interventions and change of worldview” written by Prof. Toshio Kawai was published.
Toshio Kawai (2013) “The 2011 earthquake in Japan: Psychotherapeutic interventions and change of worldview”, Spring 88: Environmental Disasters and Collective Trauma, pp47-60.
Abstract: In the face of earthquake disaster both material support and psychotherapeutic intervention are necessary for individual victims. Here I would like to address a third dimension: psychology of the earthquake from a global point of view. Although Japanese people are rather used to natural disasters, the 2011 earthquake brought about such unprecedented damage that it fundamentally shocked their existing worldview. In face of unexpected damages caused by the tsunami and the ongoing danger from the nuclear power plants, people no longer trust technology and the words of politicians and scientists. Unsatisfactory interventions and explanations after the disaster evoked more suspicion. In this sense, not only those in the stricken areas but the whole of the Japanese people were deeply touched by the disaster.
Jung believed that peoples’ worldview and global psychology can be studied and changed through individual psychotherapy. In his concept of the collective unconscious the collective dimension can be found in the individual psyche. If this is the case, our psychological relief work with the victims of the earthquake can shed light on the changes in the worldview.