This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007


Indian Psychology: a way to self-discovery

Divya Parasher — Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry


One of the major components in any academic discipline is the way the discipline is taught. The teacher as well as the method have an impact on the overall learning process of the student.

This study (from a student’s point of view) is an account of one of the methods adopted for teaching Indian Psychology in weekly classes held at the Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry. It is based on a series of semi-open interviews with the participants. It attempts to show how and why the method that was adopted in these classes helped the students to observe and understand themselves in a more holistic and profound manner. Above all it shows how a subjective understanding of psychology can help individuals lead a more meaningful and harmonious life and in the end lead the way towards self-discovery.

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