Synopses & Reviews
This is the first English translation of a controversial Japanese best seller that made the public aware of the social problem of hikikomori, or “withdrawal”—a phenomenon estimated to involve approximately one million Japanese adolescents and young adults. Drawing on his own clinical experience with hikikomori patients, Saitō Tamaki creates a working definition of social withdrawal and explains its development.
About the Author
Saitō Tamaki is a practicing psychiatrist and director of medical services at Sōfūkai Sasaki Hospital in Funabashi, Japan. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Beautiful Fighting Girl (Minnesota, 2011).
Table of Contents
Translator’s Introduction: How to Diagnose an Invisible Epidemic
Preface to the English Edition
Part I. What Is Happening?
1. What Is Social Withdrawal?
2. The Symptoms and Development of Social Withdrawal
3. Psychological Ailments Accompanying Withdrawal
4. Is Social Withdrawal a Disease?
5. Hikikomori Systems
Part II. How to Deal with Social Withdrawal
6. Overcoming the Desire to Reason, Preach, and Argue
7. Important Information for the Family
8. The General Progress of Treatment
9. In Daily Life
10. The Sadness behind Violence in the Household
11. Treatment and Returning to Society
12. The Social Pathology of Withdrawal
Conclusion: Steps for the Future