Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, Happiness & Well-being: Beyond Our Best Experience


Japanese Harvard Trained Psychiatrist & Artist Develops Paradigm of Health, Ishizuka is also a member of the Salmagundi Club of N.Y. as a resident artist.

Yukio IshizukaDr. Yukio Ishizuka graduated from Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan in 1964.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mass Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He is the founder of Japan International Medical Students Association (JIMSA), which received the coveted Japanese Health Culture Award in 2007 by the Minister of Japanese Health at the Japanese Imperial Palace.  Author of Self-Actualization, Publisher Kodansha (Tokyo, 1982) his book sold over 45,000 copies in Japan.  Happily Married for 44 years with three children.

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka came to Japan between 2013 – 2016 to give lectures and training on achievement, happiness and balance to CEOs, management consultant groups, the Harvard Club, British Embassy,  EU Embassy, at TELL, Keio University, as well as to Japanese and foreign psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. 

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka focus on crisis also included a lecture at the EU on Suicide Prevention in Japan (other panelists included Reverend Yukio Saito the former President of Inochi no Denwa and Chair of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention and Akira Katayama counsellor at the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government).

Dr. Ishizuka visited groups who are suffering from overwork in Japan including 70 staff of an Orphanage…and more.

Dr. Ishizuka also spoke to psychology students at Lutheran University (over 200), some who are now following a seminar on-line training course on Life Track therapy to create better mental health care in Japan , and also a management consultant group of coaches to CEOs.

We hope to have him invited to Japan again to speak to CEOs who are geniuses in their fields, to  Japanese writers, architects, kabuki actors, young leaders and other talented artists.  The creation of such a group depends on numbers, involvement of sponsors, resources as well as the availability as Dr. Yukio Ishizuka resides in the U.S.

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, Harvard trained Japanese Psychiatrist:  Beyond Our Best Experience of Happiness and Well-being

Instead of focusing on disease and illness, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka observed that despite the unique symptoms and backgrounds of his patients, the elements that determined their well-being (peace, friendliness, physical health, happiness, mastery) or distress (anxiety, anger, physical symptoms, depression, psychosis) were strikingly predictable.

This lead to a hypothesis that there may be certain psychological spheres which when fulfilled built successful psychological health, and when unfulfilled or repeatedly neglected, caused stress symptoms and made one vulnerable to disease.

breakthrough

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka: Using Crisis and Setbacks to Go Beyond a Previous Best Level of Happiness and Well-being

“While no one can avoid a setback, if we use each setback to grow beyond a previous best experience of happiness and well-being, we can emerge transformed.”

According to Dr. Yukio Ishizuka this transformation occurs through individuals using crisis to grow far beyond a previous best in three key spheres of psychological existence: the search for self, the need for intimacy and quest for meaningful achievement.

Although each of the three spheres (Self, Intimacy and Achievement) is fundamental to the experience of well-being or happiness, the central and most difficult challenge for adults is the struggle to become and remain close in a close interdependent adult relationship such as a couple.  For this reason, for inner transformation to occur, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka focuses on helping individuals experience a much higher level of inter-dependent intimacy than ever before at their best.

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Ishizuka’s 1982 book Self-Actualization  published by Kodansha

Lifetrack Therapy in Japanese

EU-EMBASSY TALK SUICIDE PREVENTION

March 2013 Lecture at the EU Delegation to Japan, Tokyo.  You-Tube Suicide Prevention in Japan: Saving 10 000 – Best practices from Japan, the EU and the US.

Other panelists included Reverend Yukio Saito the former President of Inochi no Denwa and Chair of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention and Akira Katayama counsellor at the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government.  Moderator Rene Duignan, award winning documentary on Suicide.

Success & Well-being in Organizations

Organizations and Organizational Health

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka worked for 4 years at McKinsey (1969-1972) as an Associate on general management consulting.  At McKinsey he admired Marvin Bower his mentor and worked on assignments in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tokyo and NY offices in a variety of businesses.  Yukio Ishizuka also spent one year at Arthur D. Little as a Consultant (1968-69) on organizational development projects for top management teams for conflict resolution and enhancing creativity.  From 1972-1976 he did mergers and acquisitions for U.S. acquisitions as President and Director of a company financed by Mitsubishi International.

Transforming Japanese CEOs : Self, Intimacy and Achievement to go Beyond their Best

Dr. Ishizuka has given many lectures and transformed many CEOs.  One popular lecture format is his “Individual and Organizational Excellence and Well-Being” Lecture which is 1.5 hours long and has been given to Keizai Doyu-kai Nagoya Chapter meeting of 200 CEOs and senior executives in 1987 amongst others.


If a CEO or senior member of your team is depressed or overwhelmed, there are many things that can be done to use the crisis as an opportunity for an even greater breakthrough says, Ishizuka.

Overwork and Psychosomatic Symptoms

Are you or a member of your staff simply too tired to go to work?  Burnt out?  Why do many get physically sick just when they are at the peak of their career?

Organizational Model of Health

Based on his understanding of individual personality and health, and his experience working for a variety of companies Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has developed organizational models that integrate with the individual personality model.  They have been used to help CEOs better understand and track a variety of factors that contribute to their organization’s success and excellence.  Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has presented the individual and organizational models to corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and other elite Japanese, American and European CEOs.

Nathalie Ishizuka (MBA) has written a working paper integrating Individual and Organizational Effectiveness: a Systems View integrating Yukio Ishizuka’s model of human personality with Chris Argyris’ model of organization and pushing the two further by defining criteria for Organizational Health models.  In the paper she expands on Yukio Ishizuka’s existing organizational model with a systems view of organizations; integrating the individual model of health with organizational health. In addition to this academic interest, she works with entrepreneurs and new technologies in the creative process of innovation.

Readings, Lectures, More Info on Organizational Health and Excellence

Ishizuka, Yukio.  Lecture: “In Search of Excellence and Well-Being” Presentation of Life-Track to Mr. Ralph Pheifer, Chairman of IBM Asia and Americas and staff to help enhance executive performance. 1985 (2 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Individual and Organizational Excellence and Well-Being” Lecture which is 1.5 hours long and has been given to Keizai Doyu-kai Nagoya Chapter meeting of 200 CEOs and senior executives in 1987

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “The Breakdown of Elite Japanese Executives Abroad” Lecture for Keizai Doyu-kaimeeting of 200 Japanese CEOs, 1986 (1.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “How To Overcome Stress at the Top” Lecture for The Japanese Chemical Manufacturers Club, 50 C.E.O.’s of the Japanese chemical manufacturing companies, September 23, 1997 (1 hour)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Japanese Mind: Its Implications for the U.S.-Japan Relationship”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “Excellence and Wellbeing : How to Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Annual Meeting of IFMSA-Japan (International Federation of Medical Student Association-Japan)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Happiness and Success : How To Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Nippon Club of New York, 2007

Ishizuka, Y. and ed. Ishizuka N., “Special Report, How to Help Executives under Stress,” Nikkei Business, September 1992.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Breakdown of a Japanese Businessman: a Trap for Business Elites,” Voice Magazine, January 1984.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Pitfall for Business Elites,” Nikkei Business, the leading Japanese Business Magazine, September 1986.

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Stress is Your Friend,” Asahi Shinbun International, August 27,1992. A feature interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Japan’s Place in the World,” Zaikai-Koron, a Japanese business monthly, 1976.  Among those interviewed by Dr. Ishizuka were Mr. David Rockefeller, Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. George Ball, former Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Fravin, CEO of Singer & C., Professor Henry de Bettignies, Director of the Asian Center of INSEAD, and Professor Hugh T. Patrick of Yale University.

Shiroyama, S., The Conditions for Survival. Kodansha: Tokyo, 1991. The book consists of in-depth interviews with eleven individuals from diverse fields. Dr. Ishizuka was interviewed along with the economist Milton Friedman, Andrew Night, editor-in-chief of The Economist, and golfer Jack Nicolas.

“International Front, Japanese Middle Management under Stress,” The New York Times, Sunday March 29,1992. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Casey, E., “A New Computer Tool,” Wall Street Micro News, Oct. 1985.

Lewyn, Mark and Kelly, Erin. “Now, Feedback from Life-Track,” USA Today, September 26,1985.

“Mental Health for an International Businessman,” Mental Health Magazine for Management, March 1984.

Berger, M., “A Japanese Psychiatrist’s Answer to Executive Stress,” International Management, McGraw-Hill, March 1987. An interview with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka introducing Life-Track.

Yogata, M., “Personal Setback and Growth,” Marubeni, December 1985. A personal account documenting the depression and recovery of one of Dr. Ishizuka’s former patients while on assignment in New York. The article celebrates Yogata’s promotion to Director of leading Japanese corporation.

Costa, P., “The Case of Sad Success,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, September 11, 1985. A cover-page interview featuring Dr. Ishizuka.

“From Management Consulting to Psychiatric Practice,” Trapedia, May 1982. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

“First Encounters,” Business Tokyo, January 1992. Dr. Ishizuka quoted as expert for American businessmen in Japan.

“Japanese Executives Under Stress,” Yomiuri Shinbun, January 12,1986.

Shiroyama, S., Getting Stronger, Overcoming Setbacks. Nippon Keizai Shimbun: Tokyo, 1983. Shiroyama is one of the most prominent authors in Japan. Quotes Dr. Ishizuka extensively.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

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