This book is based on a sophisticated theory derived from the scientific method, unifying psychology, theology, and neurology, under the modest guise of an ordinary self-help book and purposely written as a hypnotist script.
In People Who Get Dominated, Oshima presents a tried and tested method for you to reach the answers to all those urgent questions that keep you awake at night when you know you need to get up in the morning:
Why can’t I sleep? Why was that guy so rude to me? Why can’t I forgive him? Should I forgive him? Why do I feel so alone? How come, no matter what I do, this dirty feeling that my life is worthless keeps creeping back and pulling me into the quagmire of self-pity and hatred? Is it because my parents didn’t love me enough? What is “love”? If not in love, where can I find happiness? Is my happiness a sin? Does such a thing as “sin” even exist? What drives people to murder, rape, steal, cheat, and deceive? Who is this voice in my head judging me?
The first chapter deals with the author’s personal struggle with grief, domestic violence, religious norms, bullying, and inner conflict. In the second chapter, these experiences are analyzed under the microscope of mirror-neuron theory. An illustrative example is given in which a client experiences physical pain caused by violence committed in the mind of her husband. From there, the author highlights Eastern and Western religious and philosophical dogma to pose the question, “What is love?”
Chapter 3 introduces the three types of truth, a theory derived from the testimonies of the author’s own patients induced into a hypnotic state. These three archetypes are exemplified by sundry case-studies, personal experiences, and the historic lives of religious figures. They are analyzed from diverse theoretical perspectives including mirror-neuron theory, behavioral psychology, and the trauma theory. Oshima even goes so far as to describe the hormonal mechanisms behind our interactions and to explain the significance of near-death experiences.
In Chapter 4, the author describes the events and ideas which brought him to the three types of truth—or rather, what led his clients to teaching him about the three types of truth. Lastly, in Chapter 5’s “Ask Your Heart And Free Yourself From Control!” a method for testing all of the author’s claims is presented. Ask your Heart is a precious tool for the readers to protect themselves from the treacherous suggestions of people around them and to take advantage of their latent talents.