Why everyone should study Psychology




10 thoughts on “Why everyone should study Psychology

  1. Subhash Yadav says:

    Does the study and understanding of any discipline (psychology, sociology, philosophy etc ) result in the student applying this information and understanding into his/her life and become that which the discipline regards as ideal, is the question. In my experience, just having information and thoughts about human beings and their behaviour does not result in the knower saving him/herself from disastrous relationships.
    The key is not knowing but becoming. Becoming is a painful, tortuous, demanding and nerve wrecking experience.

    All the disciplines of western knowledge systems which have originated from a fragmented world view of life and reality lack this capability of transforming the student into the knowledge which he knows and understands. At the highest, it leads to having certain thought experiences which are akin to a mirage in a desert.
    Yoga, in contrast to psychology may be the key.


    • Interesting take, Subhash.
      I must say that few people have been reading my blog as closely as you do!
      Yes, that issue remains – to grapple with the challenge of Becoming. But then, many say that Being is better than Becoming, but one would realise the futility of Becoming only after a lot of struggle – which you have mentioned, of course. Life for most of us will be over much before that stage, and therefore there is hope in the belief of Punarjanma 🙂

      On the other hand, I (and I know some more people like myself) have been looking for answers and explanations, and some have been offered by Psychology. Does’t matter which school of thought. Actually, it is a great advantage to be an explorer without being wedded to any isms of Psychology. I agree that Eastern thought may be richer and graceful, but see, many misconstrue Yoga as a physical exercise or a mere tool for stress release.

      I believe it is important to keep exploring. The world is round and at a point, East and West lose their significance.
      What do you say?

      Thanks again, for your interest!!


      • Subhash Yadav says:

        Thanks, M’am for your appreciation. Such words, coming from ones’ teacher make you feel more worthy as a student.
        The topics that you have written about and in the way that they have been written, are a kind of invitation to any student of life to investigate and explore them. I have been thinking on similar lines, but hardly find a student or a teacher (in Management) with whom these can be discussed.

        In our tradition, questions are eternal, answers are temporal. The teacher and the student, through a dialogue, explore, debate and discuss questions which gave birth to the Upanishads. Most of the Upanishads begin with questions and answer. In the Katha Upanishad, Yama says to Nachiketa, that May he have a questioner like Nachiketa, (Katha, 1.2.9).

        Yes, I agree with your observation that we need to be explorers rather than choosing this or that ‘ism’. In fact all your posts which I have read are an invitation to explore. They do not carry an air of finality in them. In contrast to that, in my comments I could find a bias towards Eastern and Indian way of understanding things.

        May be East and West are more of a way of looking and understanding reality, ontologies and epistemologies, rather than geography.


        • Now who is thanking whom, Subhash? It should be me thanking you for reading in such detail and responding in such an animated dialogue 😀
          And as you did say that in a conceptualization of the Time as circular, East and West themselves would lose their significance as indicators of geographic, static facts and so, would be reduced to a mere subjective starting points..
          Thank you for bringing up Yama and Nachiketa story – it has remained with me since I read it, and went deeper when many years back I could actually go to Nachiketa Taal – a lake named after him in the North. We all have a bias towards/away from some things. It is a good thing to know which one we have 🙂 In the times when the only thing around us is cusine in the name of Eastern, we need some of your bias, too! What do you say?


          • Subhash Yadav says:

            Interestingly, it was a Westerner, who helped me to understand the Eastern way of looking at things. Erich Fromm in his book, ‘The Art of Loving’, talks about Aristotelian logic(Western) and Paradoxical logic(Eastern) system.

            Aristotelian logic (in which we, Indians educated through the English language, have been trained to think) says, ” It is impossible for the same thing at the same time to belong and not to belong to the same thing and in the same respect…This axiom of Aristotelian logic has so deeply imbued our habits of thought that it is felt to be “natural” and self evident, while on the other hand the statement that X is A and also not A seems to be nonsensical.” (You are bounded and boundless at the same time seems nonsensical – your blog entry on Kabir)

            Erich Fromm says that Aristotelian logic has led us to dogma and science, to the Catholic Church, and to the discovery of atomic energy.

            Against this logic the Chinese and Indian logic which Erich Fromm calls paradoxical logic assumes that A and non A do not exclude each other as predicates of X. Paradoxical logic says : That which is one is also not -one. That which is bounded is also boundless. Neti Neti, of Upanishads – It is neither this, nor that. As per Lao-tse – Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness the ruler of movement. In this logic the highest step to which thought can lead is to know that we do not know.
            The perceived pair of opposites reflects the nature not of things but of the perceiving mind. Opposition is a category of wo/man’s mind, not in itself an element of reality.

            This logic led to tolerance and an effort towards self transformation The task given to us in life is not to think right, but to act right, and/or to become one with the One in the act of concentrated meditation.

            Hence your question that you posed in your entry on Kabir is answered here : You can be bounded, boundless and beyond both as well – as per paradoxical logic of Indians. In Aristotelian logic this is not possible.
            I have excerpted all this from Erich Fromm’s book – pages 73-80.

            How to get rid of Aristotelian logic and learn to see and understand the world as per paradoxical logic is the challenge before all of us who want to be ‘original’ thinkers rooted in our culture and tradition.

            It is a paradox of life that this insight comes from a Westerner, trained in Aristotelian logic – Erich Fromm.


  2. Psychology101 says:

    People become the heroes they worship. On achchhe din, you have become silent like your hero, the writer of acchhe din.


  3. Saju Sugathan says:

    couldn’t agree more…also, need more young people to show interest in the science…


  4. urmi shah says:

    Probably this is true. Have not much reflected on it.


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