Integral Psychology: Sri Aurobindo, the Mother

In this essay I argue that psychology must follow the lead of the new physics and new biology in adapting a quantum and relativity-based conceptual approach in order to sustain its relevance for the future. Although C. G. Jung realized this in his approach to psychology many years ago, mainline psychology has not followed suit and continues to follow a Newtonian and Cartesian formula. I also show how the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and Jung’s psychology of individuation are compatible.

Given this compatibility, I argue that the development of a new and integral psychology could profitably be based on the ground that has already been laid by Jung and his school of psychology. In addition to having access to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on the science of living, their disciples are well positioned to understand in a fundamental way this approach to the practice of psychology.