A short note before we start Part I — Who am I?
last revision: April 2017

In the Introduction we have seen what psychology presently is and what it could be... We have also noted that the consciousness-centred understanding of reality that supports the Indian civilization is far more "psychology-friendly" than the materialistic philosophy that developed over the last couple of centuries in Europe and the USA. Finally we have explained why we have chosen for the integral vision of Sri Aurobindo to represent the Indian tradition. So now, with all this background knowledge in place, it is time to start our real business, and take up the core issues of psychology. This is, however, somewhat difficult as in Psychology everything is related to everything. As we have seen in the chapter on "Integrality", we can understand the parts only if we understand the whole first.

Unfortunately this cannot really be done in a written text where the narrative is inherently linear. So we'll have to start from somewhere, knowing quite well that the choice of that starting point is actually quite arbitrary. We will try to make up for this defect by giving lots of cross-references to the rest of the field. You can take these links up as you encounter them, or leave them for later, as you wish.

For this book I have chosen to start with the old question "Who am I?", and there are many good and noble reasons for doing so, but in the end I'll have to admit that this may actually be no more than a personal preference. So if you would like to start with another issue, say "How do we know?", that would also be fine.

If you haven't done so as yet, we recommend that you first have a quick look at the "Preface", which gives some background on what this book is about, and at the chapter on the "Evolution of Consciousness", as without that, the rest of this book may not be fully understandable.

There is also the possibility of just reading a few issues that are of special interest to you. To facilitate this we have provided besides the linear contents page, also a graphical interface in the form of a clickable "metro map" in which you can see all the major issues together in one quick overview.


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