This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004
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On the seashore: Dialogues between Indian psychology and modern psychotherapy
Pulkit Sharma University of Delhi, Delhi.
The aim of this paper is to bring out the crucial relevance of the need for a dialogue between Indian psychology and modern psychotherapy represented largely by the psychoanalytic perspective in this case. It is argued that since the experience of reality is experiencer-dependent therefore no single perspective can claim a complete monopoly. The conflicts between the two perspectives are carefully scrutinized from a historical as well as an ontological angle. It is stressed that without a dialogue between the two schools, humanity at large is facing a grave loss. The attempts toward a dialogue between the diverse schools are highlighted. It is suggested that rather than falling prey to intellectual wars, resources and energy must be directed towards a harmonious interaction of the two schools. Only then can we think of doing a greater justice and service to human suffering.
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