East/West Psychology

East/West Psychology is the study and integration of the psychological traditions of the West and of India, China, and Japan. This has been the focus of Al Collins’s research interests for many years.

With a second Ph.D. in Indian Studies, he has published many articles and book chapters comparing Jungian and psychoanalytic perspectives to the psychological ideas of India (Buddhist and Hindu).

He has lectured at a number of universities and conferences, including the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Alaska Pacific University, the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, the American Academy of Religion, Association for Asian Studies, Dharma Society of North America, etc.

He was formerly on the core faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, as an Associate Professor of East/West Psychology.

He has subsequently been an outside reader for CIIS, and also for the Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Union Institute.

Articles by Al Collins, Ph.D.

Individuation and Enlightenment: Complementary visions of the authentic life in India and psychoanalysis

Presented at the annual South Asia Meeting, Center for South Asia Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 25, 2003.

“Purusarthic Principle”: Consciousness as Means, Consciousness as Goal

Presented at the second Quantum Mind Conference, Tucson, AZ, February, 2003.

Al Collins’ Blog

Purusartha: Indian Self Psychology

As I explore the cultural psychology implicit in the Indian systems of thought called samkhya and yoga, and its possible parallels in psychoanalytic (and Jungian) self psychology, I will record some of my findings and hypotheses here. I believe this inquiry has the potential for illuminating questions in contemporary culture theory and hope to attract others interested in these or related ideas for an on-going conversation.