“The seven feelings: joy, anger, sadness, fear, affection, hate, and desire – you know them without having learned them. (Liji)
Fear and anxiety are in Chinese medical classics as well as in philosophy not clearly differentiated. Based on the Daoist concept of fear/anxiety and its philosophical approach to deal with it, we will use classical medical texts to explore the characteristics of the emotion “fear/anxiety” as the most unique of all emotions. We will see why it is not limited to the kidneys, but rather may affect all zang-organs. Here we will introduce the phenomenon of resonance and how it explains the special relationship between fear/anxiety, shock and the heart.
Dr. phil. Dr.rer.med. Dominique Hertzer
Dominique Hertzer did her first PhD in Sinology about the Mawangdui-Yijing and was an assistant Professor at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich from 1989 to 1996. After her study of TCM in Munich and Tianjin (China) she finished her second PhD in the field of History of Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke with the topic: Light of the Mind and Perception of the Soul – The Medical Notion of the Psyche as an Expression of Philosophical Thought: China and the Occident. Besides working as an TCM therapist and a Philosophical counselor, Dominique Hertzer is continuing her research work in the field of Chinese Philosophy and Medicine as well as on Daoism, with special regard to Philosophical Practice. She is teaching at the Universities of Munich (LMU), Göttingen and Oldenburg.
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