A Psychologist’s Life Lab


Category : Humanities & social science
Target : Adults
Published Date : 18-Sep-17
ISBN : 9788974793685
Pages : 304
Book Size : 152 x 225 paperback
Keywords : Psychology; healing; meditation; neuropsychology; life


This book was written by Chang Hyunkab, who is considered to be the father of psychology in Korea. As the pioneering expert in the field of neuropsychology, Chang was an internationally recognized scholar. He has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who, the International Biographical Centre in the UK, and the American Biographical Institute. He was a professor at Seoul National University, Yeungnam University, and the College of Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea. He was also the president of the Korean Psychological Association, the honorary president of the Korean Society for Meditation, and the advisor for the Korean Society of Integrative Medicine. These achievements make it clear how much he contributed to the field of psychology in his country. Hidden behind his achievements as a scholar, however, was his private pain. Growing up as a prodigy, he was ostracized and bullied, and, traumatized by these early experiences, he suffered from depression and dependent personality disorder even as an adult. He also struggled with high blood pressure and heart disease. However, the most tragic thing in his life happened when he was a visiting professor at University of Arizona. His family was visiting him during summer vacation when they got into a head-on car collision. He lost both his wife and daughter in the accident. In the book, Chang wrote about this tragedy, a part of his life that he did not want to remember or relive, in a matter-of-fact manner. He wrote about it for one reason: to share with readers that life’s true wisdom is to discover meaning even in pain or tragedy instead of being overwhelmed by or succumbing to it. By sharing his own tragedy with readers, he hoped to help those facing a painful reality. According to the book, the way to overcome tragedies is to heal one’s own mind and brain in order to cope with the pain. Positive thoughts can change one’s brain, and once the brain becomes healthier and happier, one can cut through the fetters of life, the very cause of pain. When the brain becomes healthier, the immune system becomes stronger, thereby enabling one to be both physically and emotionally healthier. 

Chang Hyunkab
Chang Hyunkab was a professor at Seoul National University and Yeungnam University and also taught at the College of Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea. In 2005, he was designated as one of the “100 Educators” by the International Biographical Centre in the UK and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. The American Biographical Institute also recognized him as one of the “500 Most Influential People” in 2006 and “2009 Man of the Year 50.”

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