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Playing Ball on Running Water: The Japanese Way to Building a Better Life

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Clean unmarked copy, no crease to spine. Gently used copy! Mild shelf and edge wear from normal handling. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by William Morrow & Co
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Oct 21, 2014 B rated it did not like it
'I am indifferent to whether you understand and accept the life principles in this book'. And doesn't it show. The author waffles endlessly, absorbed, overwhelmed by his own thoughts, and being determined to do only his bit well, and to do it only for him, he neglected to consider others' wants and needs and served up an homogeneous, repetitive, unpalatable mess.
Painting
Mar 15, 2008 Painting rated it really liked it
Morita therapy--perhaps the beginning of the phrase "just do it"...? This is an introduction to an active form of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Morita, who was a contemporary of Freud. The Japanese elements mentioned in the book derive from Japan's aspect and development of Zen without going too far into the "zen of it." Dr. Morita's method puts emphasis on the work to be done to cure common neurosis by setting simple goals and acting upon them instead of just discussing them. About one third o ...more
Oz Barton
Nov 27, 2014 Oz Barton rated it liked it
Read this in high school (14+ years ago). While I've forgotten most things about the writing or the specific content other than a hazy memory of vague distaste, the basic principle —"Do it anyway" —has essentially formed a major component of my concept of what adulthood means, and so I can't bring myself to brush off this book. (I still remember the book itself, after all, title and cover image and the fact that it came off the second shelf from the bottom at the public library.)

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Karin Carlson
Aug 08, 2014 Karin Carlson rated it it was amazing
This is a key book in my life. I've read it at least 5 times. I can honestly say that this book changed me for the better.
Jan
Jun 01, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
First read this about 30 years ago. The title itself is a nice metaphor for living life and reducing neurotic behavior.
Michelle
Apr 04, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psych
This is one of the top ten most influential books I have read. I read it in college and just reread it and it has lost nothing over time; if anything, it is more applicable to my life than ever.
Clark
Jan 16, 2008 Clark rated it really liked it
I love the parables. Makes you think
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