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.
Uwe P. Gielen
Uwe P. Gielen
Some 15 years ago, I received a letter from an Indian psychologist residing in England who was then unknown to me. The letter stated, ‘I found your name in the Membership Directory of the International Council of Psychologists…and I noticed that you are involved in cross-cultural psychology and have written about the Tibetan culture of Ladakh [India]’. And so began my friendship with that mysterious letter writer, Pittu Laungani.
Over the years, we met periodically at conferences that were taking place all around the world or—on occasions—in London or New York. We had much to discuss: our respective experiences in India, the vicissitudes of immigration and the ensuing experience of living simultaneously inside and outside one's adopted culture, the international ...