Psychology – Indian perspectives

Syllabus for Mysore University

Hard Core for Semester III

Credits 4 (L-2 T-1 P-1)

Unit 1. Introduction:-

  1. Indigenous perspectives in Psychology and their contemporary relevance
  2. Origin and development of Indian Psychology-Historical and Contemporary trends
  3. Philosophical basis and fundamental assumptions of Indian Psychology

Unit 2. Concepts and perspectives on Human nature:-

  1. Self, identity, and personality
  2. Consciousness and mental functions
  3. Dynamics of human action

Unit 3. Farther reaches of human nature:-

  1. Potentials for transcendence and transformation
  2. Higher states of consciousness
  3. Characteristics of evolved human beings

Unit 4. Applications of Indian perspectives:-

  1. For promotion of health and well-being
  2. For educational attainments
  3. For better governance and living


Books for study:

Cornelissen, M. (2001). Consciousness and its Transformation. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education.

Cornelissen, R. M.M., Misra, G., Varma, S. (2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: Concepts and Theories (Vol. 1). New Delhi: Pearson.

Cornelissen, R. M.M., Misra, G., Varma, S. (2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: Practical applications (Vol. 2). New Delhi: Pearson.

Joshi, K. & Cornelissen, M. (2004). Consciousness, Indian Psychology and Yoga. New Delhi: Centre for Studies in Civilizations, 36, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, 110055.

Misra, G. & Mohanty, A. K. (2001). Indigenous Perspectives in Psychology. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co.

Rao, K. R. & Marwaha, S. B. (Eds.) (2005). Towards a spiritual psychology: Essays in Indian Psychology. New Delhi: Samvad India Foundation.

Rao, K. R., Paranjpe, A.C., Dalal, A. K. (Ed.) (2008). Handbook of Indian Psychology. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press of India.

Rao, S. K. R. (1962). Development of Psychological Thought in India. Mysore: Kavyalaya Publishers.

Safaya, R. (1975). Indian Psychology: A critical and historical analysis of the psychological speculations in Indian philosophical literature. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Salagame, K.K.K. (2011). Indian Indigenous Concepts and Perspectives: Developments and Future Possibilities. In G. Misra (Ed.) Psychology in India, Vol. 4.: Theoretical and Methodological Developments (ICSSR Survey of Advances in Research) (p. 93-172). New Delhi: Pearson.

Srivastava, S. P. (2001). Systematic Survey of Indian Psychology. Bahadurgarah, India: Adhyatma Vijanana Prakashan.

Books for reference

Coster, G. (1998). Yoga and Western Psychology. Delhi: Motilal Banarsi Dass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Dalal, A. S. (2001). An introduction to the psychological thought of Sri Aurobindo- A Greater Psychology. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Dalal, A. S. (2007). Sri Aurobindo and the Future Psychology (Supplement to A Greater Psychology). Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Grof, S. (2000). Psychology of the Future. New York: SUNY Press.

Kalghatgi, T. G. (1961). Some Problems in Jaina Psychology. Dharwad: Karnatak University.

Kalupahana, D. J. (1992). The Principles of Buddhist Psychology. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications.

Kiran Kumar, S. K. (2002). Psychology of Meditation: A contextual approach. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co.

Mehta, M. L. (2002). Jaina Psychology: Introduction. Varanasi: Parshvanath Vidyapeeth.

Rhys Davids, C. A. F (1914). Buddhist Psychology. London: G. Bell and Sons Ltd.

Salmon, D & Maslow, J. (2007). Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing through the eyes of infinity. St. Paul, MN., USA: Paragon House.

Seal, B. (1958). The Positive Sciences of the Ancient Hindus. Delhi: Motilal Banarsi Dass.

Sen, I. (1998). Integral Psychology: The Psychological System of Sri Aurobindo. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education.

Taimni, I. K. (1973). Glimpses into the Psychology of Yoga. Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House.

Veereshwar, P. (2002). Indian Systems of Psychotherapy. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications.

Vrinte, J. (1996). The Quest for the Inner Man: Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integral Sadhana. Pondicherry, India: Sri Mira Trust.