This book maps out the relationship between the discovery of heartfulness and the psychology of inner peace. It presents a rigorous psychological analysis of the underlying components of the psychology of inner peace and the role of innerness in addressing the nature of peace. Alternative theories are introduced that discuss the conceptualization of peace, and their merits are outlined in comparison to more mainstream psychological theories. The author highlights the inadequacies of mind-oriented theories on peace and demonstrates the concept of heartfulness to show how genuine peace can be achieved.
• Presents rigorous analysis on the underlying components of the psychology of peace
• Explicates theory and critique on mind-oriented theories of peace
• Introduces alternative theories that discuss conceptualization of peace
• Explains how heartfulness is the key element for implementing the psychology of peace
Reviews and Endorsements:
'This book presents a ground-breaking psychological approach to achieving world peace. It is remarkable in its depth and insights.' Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Mindfulness: 25th Anniversary Edition
'Dr. Fatemi provides a compelling foundation for the revitalization of humanity. He lays out a critique of the prevalent reductionism in mainstream Western models of psychology, pointing out their presumption, depersonalization, and anthropocentrism. The book calls for an awe-based approach to life, which couples the renewal of psychology with liveliness, civility, and peace.' Kirk Schneider, Licensed Psychologist and author of The Depolarizing of America: A Guidebook for Social Healing
'This is an inclusive psychological contribution that criticizes modernity, the reliance upon linear patterns of thought, and the limits of positivism. This thought-provoking book points to a source of hope needed to address problems the world is now facing, including the anxiety and disorientation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the continuation of unjust wars.' Marc Pilisuk, Professor Emeritus, University of California, and author of The Hidden Structure of Violence
'As the world is increasingly in the grips of international conflicts fueled by greed and a pandemic, world peace seems a remote possibility. This book's psychological treatment of peace is a timely answer. It offers a real hope for international peace, based on sincere understanding of the culturally different meanings of psychology.' Louise Sundararajan, Founder and Chair, Indigenous Psychology Task Force
'In order to advance, psychology requires a multidisciplinary horizon and must incorporate traditions outside of the Western canon. This book accomplishes both tasks and shows us how to think about and experience inner peace that spans traditional and peripheral perspectives, allowing readers to arrive at a new understanding of a neglected psychological concept.' Thomas Teo, Professor of Psychology, York University, Canada
About the Author:
Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychology and chair of the Desk of North America at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Psychology at York University, Canada. He is the recipient of the Ellen Langer International Mindfulness Award and runs psychotherapeutic and coaching programs for clinicians, practitioners, and businesses all over the world. He completed his postdoctoral studies in the department of psychology at Harvard University, where he has also served as a teaching fellow, an associate, and a fellow. In addition to teaching at Harvard, he has also taught for the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Western Washington University, University of Massachusetts in Boston, University of Toronto, York University, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Endicott College, and Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.