Based on his extensive years of counselling his traumatized patients, psychologist Tomás Navarro presents real solutions to genuine problems that he has seen in his professional practice using the Japanese concept of Kintsugi. Kintsugi means “golden joinery”, and is a technique used by master potters to fix broken pottery using adhesives mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Instead of hiding the scars, Kintsugi highlights them with the understanding that a broken thing is made even more beautiful for going through the breakage.
The philosophy of Kintsugi can be applied in real life as well, because to live is to hurt. It is impossible to live a full life without encountering traumatizing and scarring experiences. As human being, we have no choice but to go on even after we are hurt or break. But instead of hiding or pretending that the trauma does not happen, we should accept and celebrate our strength in surviving the trauma. Furthermore, to apply Kintsugi to oneself is to see one’s life and deem it as worthy of saving, even after being covered in scars and broken.
Navarro’s insights will help the reader feel courageous in facing adversity, and believe that painful experiences will only make one become stronger and bold in living their lives.
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