The term Indian Psychology generally refers to the psychologically relevant materials in ancient Indian thought. Usually this term does not cover modern developments in Psychology in India.
When academic psychology was introduced in India (in 1905), the supposed superiority of the western conception of knowledge led to an uncritical acceptance of western concepts and methodologies. The rich Indian traditions concerned with consciousness or the self, which were perceived by the British rulers as emanating from the primitive notions of a backward people, were left out of the curriculum. It stayed that way until 2001, when the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) sponsored the first seminar devoted entirely to the development of new approaches to psychology based on traditional Indian psychology and yoga.1 Since then there has been a dramatic increase in interest in this subject. There have been conferences and seminars devoted to various aspects of Indian psychology in all corners of the country. A rapidly expanding group of psychologists are studying psychological theories and methods based on the intellectual and spiritual traditions of India. Recommendations for curricula, teaching and research methods are being framed and slowly but increasingly implemented.
Check some of the related links below:
- What is Indian Psychology?
- Short history on Indian Psychology
- Introducing Indian psychology – The Basics
- Introduction to Foundations and Applications of Indian psychology
- Indian Psychology: Transcendence in and while thinking (pdf)
- Indian Psychology’s Coming of Age (pdf)
- Ego, Mind and Intellect – Sanatan Society
- Western and Indian Psychology