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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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Facing the Challenge

Facing the Challenge

Understanding Mind and Behaviour

(p.246) 5 Facing the Challenge
Psychology: Volume 5

Girishwar Misra

Raghubir Singh Pirta

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the key challenges that psychology faces in India. It elaborates upon the four aspects of this challenge: the interdisciplinary nature of the problems of mind and behaviour; the need for integrative view of mental problems; the rigorous effort necessary for the development of appropriate methods and measures; and the need to relate psychology to cultural and social realities of the country. The discipline needs to reposition itself to meet the challenges of society and promotion of scholarship by adopting an integrative pedagogical approach. As the discipline has become multivocal, multidirectional, and struggling to reorient and address culturally relevant issues, a paradigm shift is needed. The signs of decolonization of mind are appearing. The teaching and practice of psychology is going beyond the received positivist and predominantly unicultural model. East and West do not stand face to face but pave the way for new integrative science of mind.

Keywords:   brain, challenges for psychology, cultural evolution, Indian thought systems, interdisciplinarity, integrative approach, meaning, mutuality of mind and body, paradigm, self

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