Gandhian Philosophy for Living in the Modern World: Lessons from the Psychology of Satyagraha
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, through his nonviolent technique (Satyagraha), attempted to shape human behavior, revealing in the process, the human capacity to be able to rise above adversity, for hardiness and resiliency, qualities recognized by psychology to be the very ingredients for coping with stress and wellbeing. With his incessant focus on self-control, a hitherto neglected topic of study in psychology and other social sciences, and which he demonstrated through his nonviolent movement, he was able to forge courage and commitment leading to both social and emotional maturity. In this chapter, we focus, briefly, on a few selected concepts to highlight the usefulness of his work in promoting our understanding of human behavior in particular and its relevance for the mental health issues facing the world of today.
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