By Yasunari Kawabata
The profitable author Oki has reached heart age and is stuffed with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to discover Otoko, a tender girl with whom he had a poor affair decades sooner than, and discovers that she is now a painter, dwelling with a more youthful lady as her lover. Otoko has persevered to like Oki and hasn't ever forgotten him, yet his go back unsettles not just her but in addition her younger lover. it is a paintings of odd good looks, with a young contact of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to these issues misplaced eternally.
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The biggest reason we will be in trouble if we do not change anything is that the hikikomori state almost never naturally resolves itself on its own. As I explain later, one cannot explain the problem of social withdrawal 24 | what is social withdrawal? as merely the product of individual pathology. It is absolutely necessary to understand social withdrawal as a pathological system that involves both society and the family as well. Psychiatrists should make efforts to alleviate this pathological system, but at the moment, the psychiatric world has not yet arrived at a fixed consensus about how to do that.
The result would be a diagnosis that does not reflect real life. It is also important to consider social withdrawal as a major factor leading to various other symptoms. For instance, the anthropophobic fear of others that accompanies withdrawal often grows worse as the period of withdrawal increases. In such situations, it is highly possible that anthropophobia is a secondary symptom or, at the very least, is exacerbated by the state of withdrawal. It is only natural that people grow increasingly more frightened of interacting with others the longer they live without interaction.
If one were to change these to read by the early twenties, that would still cover most of the cases I have dealt with. There are two reasons that I have included an age in this definition. One reason is that I want to stress this problem is related to the problems of adolescence. It is commonly accepted among clinical psychologists who deal with large numbers of adolescents that young people nowadays do not become a full adult at age twenty; they become adults at age thirty. Based on actual observations, psychiatrists seem to agree that the adolescent mind-set continues more or less until around the time a person turns thirty.
Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata