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Psychology: Volume 5Explorations into Psyche and Psychology: Some Emerging Perspectives$
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Girishwar Misra

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199498833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199498833.001.0001

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On the Nature of Mind

On the Nature of Mind

(p.1) 1 On the Nature of Mind
Psychology: Volume 5

K. Ramakrishna Rao

Oxford University Press

Mind is the pivotal concept crucial for understanding psychological processes in all their complexity. This chapter presents a comprehensive analysis of the concept of mind from Indian and Western perspectives. After presenting a brief review of Western theories of mind, a discussion of the concept of mind in classical orthodox and heterodox Indian systems of thought is offered. An effort is also made to describe the ways in which the Western and Indian perspectives differ and yet complement each other. After discussing cognition, mind, consciousness, self, paranormal phenomena, Karma, Sanskāras, and Jīva, it is argued that these perspectives are mutually complementary and capable of generating reinforcing models. Together, they enable us to have a more complete picture of humans, how they function, and what may be done to harness mind’s full potential for human development and enabling wholesome functioning of the person.

Keywords:   behaviourism, consciousness, dualism, epiphenomenalism, metaphysical, mind, panpsychism, parallelism, self-realization, Upanishadic thought, Vedanta

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