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Integral Psychology

  1. Sean EsbjÖRN-Hargens1,
  2. Ken Wilber2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0447

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

EsbjÖRN-Hargens, S. and Wilber, K. 2010. Integral Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

  2. 2

    Integral Institute, Boulder, CO

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The phrase “integral psychology” was first used in the 1940s by Indra Sen, a student of the Indian philosopher-sage Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950), to describe the synthesis of yoga (karma-, jnana-, and bhakti-yoga) pioneered by Aurobindo. Forty years later, in 1986, Sen published a book in India by that title, Integral Psychology: The Psychological System of Sri Aurobindo. On a somewhat parallel track, another student of Aurobindo, Haridas Chaudhuri, further developed an integral yoga psychology based on his teacher's evolutionary philosophy. His approach to integral psychology is explicated in his book The Evolution of Integral Consciousness (1977). More recently, Brant Cortright published a book entitled Integral Psychology: Yoga, Growth, and Opening the Heart (2007), which explores psychotherapy in the context of the Aurobindo tradition of integral yoga.


  • integral theory;
  • AQAL model;
  • structure-stages;
  • state-stages;
  • integral methodological pluralism;
  • developmental lines