Seeking for authentic self in community

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Misconceptions about counseling, being anxious about losing face, not having enough resources, and losing the traditional therapeutic community which Koreans once had are the key reasons for the increase of mental problems among Koreans. The author explores the Korean mindset and thus is able to provide more effective and adequate counseling services for people from a Korean cultural background. This article emphasizes the importance of healing community in Korean culture and provides some practical suggestions for the psychological well-being of Koreans from a pastoral counseling perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalPastoral Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Funding Information:
1Young Gweon You is a professor of pastoral counseling for the College of Theology at the Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He is a certified counselor. Address correspondence to Young Gweon You, College of Theology, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon, Sudaemun-Gu, Seoul, Korea; e-mail: This work was written by Yonsei University research fund of 2001.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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