Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression: The Principle of Non-Trying in the Practice of Pastoral Care, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression

The Principle of Non-Trying in the Practice of Pastoral Care, 1st Edition

By Siroj Sorajjakool

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Discover a pastoral approach to depression that combines Eastern wisdom and Western science!

Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression reveals a way to break the cycle of depression, not by denying it or fighting it, but by the ancient principle of wu wei, non-trying. The bleak cycle of depression starts when people experience negativity. They turn inward to try to find self-esteem, but the negativity strips all the power of self-affirmation from them. The gap between is and ought--how they see themselves and how they want to be--is too great to bridge. The cycle known as self-regulatory perseveration means that depressed persons are caught in a desperate, fruitless search for affirmation. Instead of self-esteem, they find self-criticism and further negative thoughts. Yet they keep looking . . . and looking . . . and looking. The more they look for self-worth inside, the less they find, and the harder they try--the cycle continues. When trying simply doesn’t work, wu wei, the principle of letting go, may help break that cycle.

When trying simply doesn't work, wu wei, not-trying, may help. Wu wei is the principle of letting go. By giving up on the self-imposed and unattainable oughts and shoulds, the depressed person stops focusing on self. Wu wei breaks the cycle of negativity, allowing the depressed person to begin to heal.

Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression offers a comprehensive discussion of depression, including:

  • epidemiology of depression
  • etiology and biological causes
  • psychosocial theories
  • standard treatments of the past and present
  • pastoral care of depressed persons
This important book constructs a possible approach to depressed souls weary of fighting and trying to fix themselves. Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression can bring new hope to those who most need it.

Table of Contents

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Problem of Negativity
  • Arguments
  • Limitations
  • Contribution to Pastoral Care
  • Organization of the Book
  • Chapter 1. Overview of the Problem of Depression
  • Narratives
  • The Meaning of Depression
  • Epidemiology
  • History of the Studies of Depression
  • Chapter 2. Psychosocial and Biological Theories of Depression
  • Life Events and Stressors
  • Stressors and Interpretation
  • Synapses and CNS Neurotransmitters
  • Sleep Patterns and Depression
  • Brain Imaging and Depression
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Chapter 3. Overview of Methods of Pastoral Intervention and Wu Wei
  • History of Pastoral Care Approaches to Melancholy
  • Current Pastoral Care approaches to Depression
  • Feminist Pastoral Care
  • Chapter 4. Negativity and Trying
  • Self-Regulatory Perseveration Theory
  • Depression and Negativity
  • Negativity and Self-Evaluation
  • Self-Evaluaiton and Self-Regulation
  • Chapter 5. Self-Regulatory Perseveration and the Downward Spiral
  • Defining Self-Regulatory Perseveration
  • Terror Management Theory: The Motive for Perseveration
  • The Downward Spiral
  • Analysis
  • Chapter 6. Wu Wei
  • Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
  • Taoist Philosophy
  • The Concept of Wu Wei
  • Chapter 7. Wu Wei, Trying, and Non-Trying
  • The Two Selves
  • The Prereductive Self
  • The Reductive Self
  • The Postreductive Self
  • Emptiness
  • Chapter 8. Wu Wei and the Sustaining Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Sustaining Ministry
  • Wu Wei and the Cycle of Depression
  • Wu Wei and the Care of the Soul
  • Chapter 9. Wu Wei and the Practice of Pastoral Care
  • Addressing the Context
  • Walking with Depressed Individuals
  • Encouraging Trust
  • Expanding the Meaning of Normative
  • One-to-One
  • Chapter 10. Wu Wei and the Theology of Pastoral Care
  • Nonbeing
  • Nonbeing and Pastoral Theology
  • Questions on Moral Implications
  • Summary: Wu Wei, Depression, and Pastoral Care
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes IncludedContents
  • Foreword (Ann Belford Ulanov)
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Problem of Negativity
  • Arguments
  • Limitations
  • Contribution to Pastoral Care
  • Organization of the Book
  • Chapter 1. Overview of the Problem of Depression
  • Narratives
  • The Meaning of Depression
  • Epidemiology
  • History of the Studies of Depression
  • Chapter 2. Psychosocial and Biological Theories of Depression
  • Life Events and Stressors
  • Stressors and Interpretation
  • Synapses and CNS Neurotransmitters
  • Sleep Patterns and Depression
  • Brain Imaging and Depression
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Chapter 3. Overview of Methods of Pastoral Intervention and Wu Wei
  • History of Pastoral Care Approaches to Melancholy
  • Current Pastoral Care approaches to Depression
  • Feminist Pastoral Care
  • Chapter 4. Negativity and Trying
  • Self-Regulatory Perseveration Theory
  • Depression and Negativity
  • Negativity and Self-Evaluation
  • Self-Evaluaiton and Self-Regulation
  • Chapter 5. Self-Regulatory Perseveration and the Downward Spiral
  • Defining Self-Regulatory Perseveration
  • Terror Management Theory: The Motive for Perseveration
  • The Downward Spiral
  • Analysis
  • Chapter 6. Wu Wei
  • Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
  • Taoist Philosophy
  • The Concept of Wu Wei
  • Chapter 7. Wu Wei, Trying, and Non-Trying
  • The Two Selves
  • The Prereductive Self
  • The Reductive Self
  • The Postreductive Self
  • Emptiness
  • Chapter 8. Wu Wei and the Sustaining Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Sustaining Ministry
  • Wu Wei and the Cycle of Depression
  • Wu Wei and the Care of the Soul
  • Chapter 9. Wu Wei and the Practice of Pastoral Care
  • Addressing the Context
  • Walking with Depressed Individuals
  • Encouraging Trust
  • Expanding the Meaning of Normative
  • One-to-One <

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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PSYCHOLOGY / General