Monday, April 18, 2016

REBP – A Module for Indian Psychology

(Abstract of my 2011 Paper titled REBP – A Module for Indian Psychology, presented at the Positive Psychology and Socio-Cultural Issues Workshop organized by the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, on 27th April, 2011)

Developing the ability to handle our emotions, especially negative emotions, and forgive others for offenses or mistakes is one of the prime necessities in order to ‘build thriving in individuals, families, and communities.’ REBP – REB Psychodynamics, REB being the first initials of the author – is a module for holistic education, a way for people to handle their emotions – anger and hatred, fears and anxiety, and cravings – and lead a happy contented life. 

REBP is a module consisting of a simple analysis and a meditation technique. The analysis part of the module helps us to develop an understanding into our emotional behavior, and helps us to quickly get rid of our resentments. The analysis is the therapy part of the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, a worldwide spiritual program that has helped millions of addicts and alcoholic overcome their addiction problems. 

The meditation technique of the REBP module consists of a simple form of Vipassana, a Buddhist meditation technique, also known as Insight meditation, which helps us to relax and calm down. Vipassana is today being taught all over the world, and has shown its efficacy in improving the behavior of even hard core criminals. Various Correctional Institutions such as the Tihar Jail at Delhi and the maximum security Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama, USA, conduct regular Vipassana courses for their inmates. This meditation technique is the essence of Indian Psychology, and has been acclaimed in the Bhagawad Gita as the only way to attain amrita, or immortality. The technique has also been highly praised by the Christians, and is even taught at regular meditation courses in the Islamic nation of Iran. This paper explains the methodology of the REBP module and shows how Indian Psychology can go a long way in uniting people of the various religious faiths.

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