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Foundations of Indian Psychology, Volume 1

Book Description

Foundations of Indian Psychology Volume 1: Concepts and Theories goes beyond merely tracing the history of Indian thought. It demonstrates how ideas and practices from Vedic, Sufi, Buddhist and Yogic traditions can be used to tackle issues in contemporary psychology. With its contribution to theory building and application, it gives a new direction to psychology as it is studied today. The first book in a two-volume series, it will be of interest to students, scholars of psychology, philosophy and religion as well as the general reader.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. The Contributors
  5. Preface
  6. Introduction
  7. The Psychological Perspectives of Our Times…Three Shifts of a Rhythm
  8. Section I. The Social and Philosophical Context
    1. Introduction
    2. 1. Indian Psychology: Implications and Applications
    3. 2. A Journey Back to the Roots: Psychology in India
    4. 3. Psychological Ideas in the Vedas and Their Relevance to Contemporary Psychology
    5. 4. On the Vedic Symbolism in the Light of Sri Aurobindo
    6. 5. Beyond Mind: The Future of Psychology as a Science
    7. 6. Indian Psychological Thought in the Age of Globalization
  9. Section II. Self and Personality
    1. Introduction
    2. 7. Ego and AhaṁKāra: Self and Identity in Modern Psychology and Indian Thought
    3. 8. Models of Personality in Buddhist Psychology
    4. 9. Integral Psychology: A New Science of Self, Personality, and Psychology
    5. 10. An Integral Approach to our Psychic Centre
    6. 11. The Sufi Path of Self-Transformation
    7. 12. Being an Authentic Self: Some Insights from the Lives of Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi
  10. Section III. Pathways to Knowledge
    1. Introduction
    2. 13. Indian Psychology and the Scientific Method
    3. 14. Integrating Yoga Epistemology and Ontology Into an Expanded Integral Approach to Research
    4. 15. Knowing in the Indian Tradition
    5. 16. What is Knowledge? A Reflection Based on the Work of Sri Aurobindo
    6. 17. The Noetic Process (Citta Vīthi): A Therāvāda Buddhist View
  11. Section IV. Affect, Motivation and Creativity
    1. Introduction
    2. 18. Psychology of Emotions: Some Cultural Perspectives
    3. 19. Why am I here? Implications of Self and Identity for Conceptualizing Motivation
    4. 20. The Principles and Practice of Karma Yoga in the Writings and Life of B. G. Tilak
    5. 21. From Dejection to Action: A Narrative Analysis of the Transformation of Arjuna and Yudhiṣṭhira
    6. 22. Cultural Construction of Creativity: Dualism and Beyond
  12. Endnotes
  13. Glossary of Words of Sanskrit or Pali Origin
  14. Acknowledgements
  15. Copyright