Sunday, January 18, 2009

Elements Of Ancient Indian Psychology

Elements Of Ancient Indian Psychology B. Kuppuswamy
PBISBN : 81-220-0166-1
Publisher: New Delhi : Vikas,Year Of Publication : 1979 Price : . (PB) Rs 75

About the Book:
Though the first laboratory to study human behaviour was started in 1879 in Leipzig University in Germany by the physician and physiologist Wilhelm Wundt, the history of psychology goes back to thousands of years earlier. Ancient Indian thinkers devoted considerable attention to the analysis of experience, while this flowered in the later part of the Vedas, viz. the Upanishads, one can see glimpses even in the earlier part of the Vedas, namely the Samhitas.
Elements of Ancient Indian Psychology attempts to present ancient Indian psychological thought in a manner that will conform to the new methods of exposition developed by Woodsworth and other modern psychologists. the book is divided into four parts. Part I deals with scope and methods, the fundamental problems of consciousness as expounded in the Vedas, the contribution of the Gita, and the evolution of the mind as it is given by the Samkhya and Yoga theorists. Part II analyses cognitive processes. Part III discusses the problem the way in which the principles have been used by the ancient thinkers in the fields of meditation, philosophy of sex and religion.

About the Author:
Prof. B. Kuppuswamy was the Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Mysore, in 1962, Joint Director, India International Centre, New Delhi (1962-64), and Research Consultant at the India International Centre between 1964-67. He was also the Director of Institute for Social and Psychological Research, Bangalore.
He has numerous publications to his credit and has contributed widely to journals in India and abroad on rural problems and the influences of industrialization and modernization.

Part IEvolution of Psychology

Part IICognitive Processes

Part IIIEmotion and Action

Part IVApplications