Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Whole-Person Yoga Psychology Model: A Synthesis of Integral Yoga Psychology and Ananda Marga
by Liu, Chien Hui, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2020, 221; 28261698
Abstract (Summary)

With the growing development of yoga psychology, there is an increasing need for whole-person yoga psychology frameworks that showcase a comprehensive representation of human consciousness and personality, as well as the process of psychospiritual growth and development. While most yoga psychologies put emphasis on the transcendent dimension of consciousness, the purpose of this dissertation was to develop a whole-person yoga psychology model that embraced both the transcendent and immanent dimensions of human personality. The proposed model utilized Integral Yoga Psychology (IYP) as the foundational framework for creating a new whole person psychology model based on the synthesis of two holistic systems—IYP and Ananda Marga (AM).

An integrative hermeneutic approach was employed to provide the research strategy for the development of the new model. This involved an in-depth hermeneutic analysis of the whole-person principles and distinct features that pertain to a whole-person psychology in IYP and AM. The whole-person principles derived from the literature analysis are wholeness of personality, evolution of cosmos, gradations of consciousness, psychic transformation, and cakra biopsychology. The study integrated these whole-person principles and formed a unique whole-person model including distinct features of the psychic being for personality transformation from IYP and the cakra biopsychology for harmonization and purification of cakras from AM.

Wholeness of personality is achieved by harmonization, purification, transformation, and integration along the gradations of consciousness. This whole-person model will further deepen the dialogue in the field of yoga psychology, and also lay the foundation for future research and formation of whole-person frameworks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shirazi, Bahman A. K.
Commitee: Banerji, Debashish , Alexandre, Chandra
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Religion, Spirituality
Keywords: Ananda Marga, Biopsychology, Cakra, Consciousness, Integral yoga psychology, Wholeness
Publication Number: 28261698
ISBN: 9798557034784
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