This edited volume in honour of Dr Pittu Laungani brings together renowned names in the field of psychology, who critique Dr Laungani's contribution from various angles.
Through a critical examination of the life and work of Pittu Laungani, one of the leading psychologists in the West, this book explores the nature of cross-cultural psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. It specifically attempts to build bridges between Indian philosophy and the approaches and methods of Western psychology and counselling. Drawing on the works of Pittu Laungani, the various chapters in the book deal with interesting and challenging questions on culture and stress, traditional healing, Hindu spirituality and religion, caste, class and culture and its relationship with the theory and practice of modern counselling psychology.
Much of Laungani's work has been cutting edge in psychology; developing ideas that transcend the boundaries and limitations of both eastern philosophy and western psychologY. A number of international researchers and scholars have brought together specific aspects of South Asian psychology and Laungani's theories and the current thinking in Western counselling and psychotherapy, interweaving them into new ways of practice in the field of health and mental health. This book includes many original articles of Pittu Laungani and commentaries of scholars and academics working in various fields of psychology, counseling and the health care profession in general.
Personal tributes to Pittu Laungani by the likes of Stephen Palmer, Richard Dezoysa and Nicolo Pipitone add another dimension to this otherwise scholarly book.
Part One: Building Multiple Cultural Bridges
- Chapter 1: Building Multicultural Counselling Bridges: The Holy Grail or a Poisoned Chalice
- Chapter 2: The Reciprocal Gaze: Pittu Laungani's Musings about Culture and Stress
- Chapter 3: Traditional Healing and Spirituality: Pittu Laungani Building Bridges in Counselling
- Chapter 4: Dancing with the Master: An Interview with Pittu Laungani
Part Two: Playing Amongst the Pillars of East-West Psychology
- Chapter 5: Cross-Cultural Psychology: A Handmaiden to Mainstream Western Psychology
- Chapter 6: Unresolved Issues in Philosophy and Psychology: Implications for Therapy
- Chapter 7: Playing Amidst the Pillars: Pittu Laungani and Yogic Psychology
- Chapter 8: South Asian Traditional Healing in Counselling: Laungani's Search for a Transcultural Approach
- Chapter 9: East-West Journey in Counselling Psychology: An Interview with Pittu Laungani
Part Three: Towards Wisdom in the Practice of Counselling and Therapy
- Chapter 10: Transcending the Boundaries of Counselling: Pittu Laungani as Master Counsellor
- Chapter 11: Caste, Class and Culture: A Case Study
- Chapter 12: Pittu Laungani, a Bicultural Psychologist: Commentary on ‘Caste, Class and Culture’
- Chapter 13: Solitude of Unbearable Shame: An Analysis of Two Case Studies by Pittu Laungani
- Chapter 14: Becoming a Cultural Chameleon: Pittu Laungani, Western Counsellors and Multicultural Clients
Part Four: Multicultural Transitions and Therapeutic Relationships
- Chapter 15: Counselling and Therapy in a Multicultural Setting
- Chapter 16: Migration, Cultural Values and the Medical Model: Pittu Laungani and Psychotherapy
- Chapter 17: Tortoises and Turtles: Pittu Laungani, Cultural Transitions and Therapeutic Relationships
- Chapter 18: Transcending East/West Boundaries: Pittu Laungani and Cross-cultural Counselling
- Chapter 19: Pittu Laungani, Multicultural Humanism and Eclectic Psychotherapy
- Chapter 20: Religious Rites and Rituals in Death and Bereavement: An Indian Experience
Part Five: Personal Reflections of Friends and Colleagues