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LUMINARIES IN SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-186

The Gurū-Chelā Relationship Revisited: The Contemporary Relevance of the Work of Indian Psychiatrist Jaswant Singh Neki


Department of Psychiatry, Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal; Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA; President, Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry; President-Elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry

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Prof. Vincenzo Di Nicola
Department of Psychiatry, Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal, 7401, rue Hochelaga, Montreal, Quebec H1N 3M5, Canada

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/wsp.wsp_35_22

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The aims of this appreciation of the life and work of Jaswant Singh Neki (1925–2015), a leading Indian psychiatrist and Sikh scholar, are: (1) to revisit Neki's contributions to social psychiatry through his employment of the Indian paradigm of the gurū-chelā relationship; (2) to contrast and compare Neki's gurū-chelā paradigm for psychotherapy with the Western “I-centred paradigm” of psychotherapy; and (3) to examine the impact of Neki's gurū-chelā paradigm in India and the Indian diaspora and to synthesize it with contemporary trends in psychotherapy in Western societies.


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