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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.

Building Multicultural Counselling Bridges: The Holy Grail or a Poisoned Chalice
Building multicultural counselling bridges: The Holy Grail or a poisoned chalice

Rudyard Kipling, the Nobel Laureate, in The Ballad of East and West, wrote, ‘Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’. Mark Twain made a similar statement with reference to himself and his wife, the Twains, who for one reason or other, despite their prior arrangements, kept missing each other. I shall, however, argue that it is possible for the East and the West to meet on terms of friendship and equality and with a genuine desire to learn from each other and respect each other's differences and worldviews. But before I start I should like to clarify ...

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