Konsidering Kokology

This question was posed to PluribusOne™ Consulting: Is the popular Kokology game of self-discovery based on science, as its developers claim, and, if so, does it reveal the true Self—the spirit or non-mortal/immortal soul of a person?

The answer is that, yes, it does have a scientific basis, and it can reveal a person’s subconscious attitudes about anything, but it does not reveal the soul (where “soul” is taken to mean the “higher-self”). As useful as this innovative work of practical genius is, the application of the game is limited to revealing hidden aspects of the human persona. As the authors of the Kokology books (Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito) rightly and simply state: “It’s kind of like a Rorschach test that uses words instead of inkblots” to reveal hidden attitudes. They don’t appear to claim that Kokology can read the “soul,” as that term is understood by many Westerners. 

The spirit, non-mortal soul, or higher-self, is not of the space-time realm. The mortal human body and personality is a somewhat puppet-like expression of the higher-self in human form, here in the material world for the purpose of achieving a particular life experience. But the higher-self is not mortal and is not confined to human views and values. In other words, when Kokology or Rorschach testing manages to peer beneath a person’s outer mask, which is shaped by things such as cultural conditioning, what it finds is a deeper and disinhibited mask, the mask fashioned by the higher-self for the particular life mission. 

Kokology works because the human psyche is structured as a set of patterns within patterns. So, as one’s attitude about a certain activity, skiing for example, may be reflected in their attitude about sexual lovemaking, the study of the grain of a piece of wood or the entrails of an animal by an attuned individual will similarly reveal correspondences to numerous situations in the world at large. Such forms of divination were condemned in some societies, not because they never worked, but because they often did work—and yet the information garnered was not 100% reliable, not products of the highest “dimensions of Consciousness,” to use Noetitek™-based terminology. 

To prove our conclusions for yourself, get a copy of one of the Kokology books and do this experiment: Do some of the exercises and see what these disinhibiting scenarios reveal about your attitude regarding the corresponding matters. Identify part of a revealed attitude that inclines you to think:  “I don’t like having this attitude.” Then go back to the scenario part of that exercise and change your answer to something that would produce the corresponding attitude you would rather have. Take ten minutes a day for a month and meditate on your new answers to the chosen scenario without thinking about the attitude to be changed. The attitude you did not wish to retain will automatically shift to, or towards, something more agreeable to you. Test the change by observing your subsequent decisions and actions. 

We conclude that Kokology exercises are limited to studying the malleable personality, the programmable mask, not the higher non-mortal self. Yet, applied in the manner we are suggesting, the game can be used as a simple and practical tool for personal development.

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4 Responses to “Konsidering Kokology”

  1. Stark Raven Says:

    This work was marketed, at least initially, as a game and a “fad.” As I recall, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York refused to review the book, yet rather than simply say “no comment,” their representative reportedly said something to the effect that is wasn’t worth discussing–hardly an endorsement. At least one critic compared it to pop astrology and numerology.

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:

    As the lead author, Professor Saito, a renowned Japanese psychologist, stated in the first pages of the first volume, Kokology was designed as a game that would achieve the same ends as psychological testing but in a fun way.

    Kokology is not going to produce accurate results 100% of the time—nor do Rorschach tests or lie detector tests. However, our testing of the “game” produced remarkable results, and our opinion is that Kokology is absolutely worthy of serious study and use as a psychotherapeutic tool. But we are not surprised that many psychologists would be aroused by such an effective do-it-yourself tool.

    Classified as “self-help” books, the two volumes of Kokology have enjoyed a sales volume of several millions of copies. And you can be sure that readers consider it to be more than just an amusing game. What kind of sales volume would have been achieved if the material had been positioned as a “snoozer”: a textbook, a book of psychological tests, or a scientific treatise?

    Astrology and numerology are also, by the way, treated as serious subjects by many scientists, theologians, and kabbalists.

  3. Stark Raven Says:

    Looking back at the post again, it seems that you are saying that each person is, in effect, three people. Might these be labeled the higher self/soul, the lower self/personality, and the projected self/mask?

  4. PluribusOne™ Says:

    There is an anonymous quotation that I like in the front of the book: The Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Psychology, by Stephen Wolinsky, Ph.D. The quote is: “A person is three things: what he thinks he is, what others think he is, and what he really is.”

    What we really are is the higher self. The line between what we think we are and what others think we are is somewhat blurred. Kokology helps us peek under our own mask, to minimize the blur, clarify what we think about who we are, and possibly improve our relationships with others who will never fully know us.

    Hopefully that helps clarify how I see it.

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