This book by psychiatrist Jung Hyeshin is a psychological CPR protocol reminiscent of a hearty home-cooked meal with empathy- and boundary-building recipes.
- Book Intro
Psychiatrist Jung Hyeshin, who has treated people at sites of “social disasters” and everyday moments alike, prescribes a much-needed procedure of “psychological CPR.” This conclusion stems from her 15 years’ experience outside the doctor’s office where she’s met victims of trauma and CEOs alike, looking into the hearts of a wide range of people who are wounded and collapsing in diverse aspects of society.
In these times of emergency, Jung’s You’re Always Right walks us through the “psychological CPR” procedure so that anyone can learn and begin to practice. The culmination of her 30 years’ experience, insight, and devotion as a psychiatrist and healer out on the streets, You’re Always Right is a book that contains details on how to “rescue myself and save others.” A powerful healing principle and mechanism Jung refers to as “appropriate psychology” is proffered in this book. Like “appropriate technology,” which changes the world with simple solutions that address the fundamental, “appropriate psychology” refers to a method that moves the fundamental part of the human heart and existence to heal emotional wounds and recover life as it was before. This is a simple yet powerful healing method that doesn’t rely solely on complex theories and experts’ diagnoses, but empowers us to look after and heal ourselves as well as those around us—uncomplicated and soothing, like a home-cooked meal. Empathy lies in the heart of this method, and is built on the careful perception and support that attempts to access the emotions of oneself, and by extension, others.
In this book that is tantamount to an “Empathy Protocol Book,” chapter 1 searches for the reasons behind our ailments today by looking at the social environment and gaze that ignores the individuality of existence. Chapter 2 confronts the reality of overdiagnosis of depression and outsourcing empathy, thereby stressing the importance of “psychological CPR.” Chapter 3 corrects our misconceptions of empathy and offers ways of empathizing that truly help. Chapter 4 reminds us that people are all individuals and suggests boundary-building methods that raise the efficacy and accuracy of empathy. Chapter 5 goes over the impediments to true healing, such as the desire for love, complexes, and groupthink. Chapter 6 contains practical tips on how to be “one human being who saves another being” through specific examples.
You’re Always Right is packed with insight into the human heart and the wisdom of the author’s years of healing. Unlike most psychology books that rely on theory, statistics, and formulaic case studies, this book offers a wealth of real-life experience and case studies delivered through the voices of the clients themselves. Through her characteristically firm yet deeply moving language, the author’s prose makes for a profoundly healing read.
When you find yourself emotionally wounded at home, work, and out in the world, this book will look straight into your heart and give you the considerate yet bold support you need: “You’re always right.” It will nourish you like a home-cooked meal so that you can find the strength to support others who are suffering in your life, and remind us once again of the importance and potential of empathy in our society.
- About the Author
Psychiatrist Jung Hyeshin has looked into the hearts of close to 12,000 people over the past three decades. Although she has primarily treated so-called successful men such as politicians, legal professionals, CEOs, and executives over the past 15 years, she has also spent time with victims at sites of trauma in every corner of our society.
Jung has led the group counseling program at the Truth Foundation, which was founded to help victims of state violence, and started group counseling for former Ssangyong Motors workers and their families with the establishment of Warak, a psychological healing center. In the aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster, she moved to Ansan where she devoted herself to sharing the bereaved families’ suffering at the healing center called Neighbor. She is also spreading the power of empathy through the healing project “We All Need a Mother” by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
The author asserts that true healers are those who save lives, not the ones with a medical license. This book is the culmination of her 30 years’ experience and insight from the sites of social disasters.
Jung Hyeshin has authored several books including You Are Okay Now, A Study on People, Before Death, People vs People, and Men vs Men. She has also coauthored Released and Angels Are Living Next Door to Us.