Indian Philosophy

Ancient Psychologists

Introduction

In this activity, students will put the psychological theories of the Bhagavad Gita and / or the Republic to use.

Background Information

Motivation

Students sometimes have difficulty conceptualizing ancient theories of psychology as theories that are meant to actually explain human behavior - this exercise helps students think of two of these ancient theories of psychology as live theories, and it helps students to realize that these theories, though perhaps simplistic, have surprising explanatory power.

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