Contents: Foreword/Shri Girishwar Mishra. Preface. Truth. 1. Introduction. 2. Hinduism. 3. Buddhism. 4. Jainism. 5. Zoroastrianism. 6. Islam. 7. Sikhism. 8. Contemporary psychology on self and emotions. 9. Understanding the colors. References. Subject index. Author index.
"Every culture is guided by a philosophy or belief system. These beliefs influence every aspect of an individual's life, including his identity and concept of self. This book explores the Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina, Zoroastrian, Islamic and Sikh belief systems in order to comprehend their percepts on the concept of self, their perspectives on emotions, and the implications of these for the individual and society. In addition, a review of contemporary psychology, incorporating views from evolutionary psychology biological psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology, in relation to their theories on self and emotions, is also presented. This analysis is an attempt towards integrating religion and personal identity, within the background of contemporary knowledge of the dynamics of being human." (jacket)