#429 – A Window on Religion and Psychotherapy in Iran with Nima Ghorbani PhD

Nima Ghorbani

Nima Ghorbani, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Tehran, and is also a certified Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapist in Tehran, Iran. He has developed the Integrative Self-Knowledge construct with the assistance of Professor P. J. Watson from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as a model to explain changes within the personality based on such a core intrapsychic process. This is a construct which aims to explain one of the intrapersonal processes of change in experiential and self-knowledge based psychotherapies. Dr. Ghorbani’s cross-cultural research is mostly focused on integrative self-knowledge, self-control, mindfulness, and experiential aspects of religiousness. He has published many research articles on these topics in professional, peer-review journals. His research is based on hermeneutical-dialogical empiricism in which observer and observed are objectively examined in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and inter-cultural levels.

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3 Comments

  1. Mahyar
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    It’s great to have Dr. Ghorbani on Shrink Rap Radio!
    I hope more than anything, it will be a beginning for a long lost dialogue between the two societies, and MANY THANKS to Dr. Dave for that!

  2. john danzer
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    There is bound to be a continuing interest in the area of psychology with a Muslim perspective. I think Dr. Ghorbani sums up the whole of psychology and religion. 1. Know Yourself 2. Control Yourself

    I think secularists would prefer number 2 to read:
    Manage Yourself. The idea of control suggests an authoritarian approach where a person views certain impulses as evil or dangerous. Substituting the word “manage” for control neutralizes our impulses and helps us to figure out how to utilize our impulses in a practical way instead of subjugating them where of course these misdirected impulses will continue to incubate with the possibility of erupting.

  3. Maryam
    Posted March 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to Prof, Ghorbani!

    To dabzer: how can a person control an impulse when he/she does not know he has it from the inside processes(e.g. physical or emotional processes)? Knowing the impulse(in Dr.’s words,” experiencing” it) is a necessary condition for its control, so even if secular scientists prefer the second approach they can not deny the first one…Dr. Ghorbani insists on the interrelations between these two…

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