A Struggle for Survival: Existential Psychology and Karate
Master of Arts (MA)
Committee or Advisor Chair
survival, existential psychology, karate, Zen, mysticism, existentialism
Philosophy | Psychology | Religion | Transpersonal Psychology
The major premise of this thesis is that Japanese karate and existential psychology are similar in many ways. Even though they come from different backgrounds and cultures, the arts share many values and goals. This is possible because both are different forms of natural mysticism. Each art teaches in its own way a process of change that is founded on mystical experience and understanding. During this mystical process of change, a person may learn how to resolve basic issues such as the fear of dying and the fears attached to love and loving.
Dowdall, Jerry, "A Struggle for Survival: Existential Psychology and Karate" (1981). Johnston Master Theses (20th Century). 50.