A Commentary on ???Positive Psychology and Indian Psychology: In Need of Mutual Reinforcement???

  • Cornelissen R
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Abstract

The current practices of positive psychology are woven into the behavioural fabric in the form of numerous strategies/practices without much theoretical foundation. Positive psychology moved from repair to reconstruction, from the negative side of human nature to its positive aspect. Indian psychology is relevant as it has the necessary meta-theoretical framework to sustain the goals of positive psychology. It proposes that mind may be controlled by deconstructing the ego and cultivating altruism by practicing selfless work, total absorption of the mind by devotion or meditation. When the ego is deconstructed, ignorance is removed and the person regains her inherent freedom and moves towards perfection. This position allows going beyond hedonistic pleasures to define happiness and combining material prosperity with moral sensitivity. To this end this paper brings out the points of contact between positive psychology and Indian psychology and argues for new initiatives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Consciousness
  • Indian psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • Research paradigm

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  • R. M Matthijs Cornelissen

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