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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Theory of karma and psychological healing

Jyoti Anand — A.P.S University, Rewa.

The theory of karma enjoys wide acceptance amongst the Hindus. The theory is frequently invoked while seeking explanations for various life crises. The present study is an effort to delineate its role in the healing process. A narrative study was conducted on middle to late-age women who had undergone a major life crisis. Their narratives shed light on how they used this theory to make sense of their suffering and readapt to the changed reality. The belief in the theory facilitated acceptance and positive construals of the tragic happenings. It was concluded that more systematic work is required to understand the mental representation of the theory and its various tenets, which affect the healing process.

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