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Sundararajan, Louise, Ph.D.



Louise Sundararajan received her Ph.D. in History of Religions from Harvard University, and her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. She chairs the Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, which has over a hundred members from around the globe. She served as past president of The International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning, and also past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association). She is recipient of the Abraham Maslow Award for 2014, from Division 32 of APA. She is a Fellow of APA, and also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Research on Emotions. She has published extensively on topics related to culture and emotions. Her current project is to author a book on Chinese emotions, to be published by Springer.



Selected Publications


Sundararajan, L.  (under review).  Eastern psychologies PDF

Sundararajan, L., and Kim, C. (2011).  Beyond I-you-me: An
empirically supported formulation of the triadic self.  The American Sociologist,42,220-231. PDF

Sundararajan, L.  (in press).  Lost in the Translation: "Chi" and Related Terms of Shame in the Confucian Tradition.  The Emotion Researcher. PDF

Sundararajan, L.  (in press).  Belief, Emotion, and Health: Toward an Integrative Account/Commentary on John Cromby’s “Beyond Belief”.  Journal of Health Psychology. PDF

Sundararajan, L. (2011, August), Mind, machine, and creativity:  Dialogue with an Artist. Presidential Address, sponsored by Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology), at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC. PPT

Sundararajan, L. (2011, July), Chinese Notions of Harmony, With Implications for the Development of Indigenous Psychology.  In James Liu (chair), Indigenous and cultural psychology, Harmonization and Differentiation in Theory and Practice, symposium conducted at the 9th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, Kunming, China. PDF

Sundararajan, L. (2011).  Spiritual Transformation and Emotion:  A Semiotic Analysis. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 13, 78-90. PDF


Sundararajan, L. (2010).  Two Flavors of Aesthetic Tasting:  Rasa and Savoring/A Cross Cultural Study with Implications for Psychology of Emotion.  Review of General Psychology, 14, 22-30 PDF

Sundararajan, L.,  Kim, C., Reynolds, M. and Brewin, C. R.  (2010).  Language, Emotion, and Health: A Semiotic Perspective on the Writing Cure. In S. C. Hamel (Ed.), Semiotics:  Theory and Applications(pp. 65-97).  New York:  Nova Science. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (2009).  Mad, Bad, and Beyond:  Iago Meets
Qü Yuan.  Emotion Review, 1, 33-34. PDF


Sundararajan, L. (2008).  It’s Turtles All the Way Down:  A Semiotic Perspective on the Basic Emotions Debate.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 28, 430-443. PDF

Sundararajan, L.  (2008).  The Plot Thickens--or Not: Protonarratives of Emotions and the Chinese Principle of Savoring. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 48, 243-263. PDF

Sundararajan, L.  (2008).  Toward a Reflexive Positive Psychology: Insights from the Chinese Buddhist Notion of Emptiness.  In J. C. Christopher, F. C. Richardson, & B. D. Slife (eds.), Thinking Through Positive Psychology, a Special Issue of Theory & Psychology, 18, 655-674. PDF


Frijda, N. H. & Sundararajan, L. (2007).   Emotion Refinement: a Theory Inspired by Chinese Poetics.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2,  227-241 http://pps.sagepub.com/content/2/3/227 PDF

Sundararajan, L. & Averill, J. R.  (2007).  Creativity in the Everyday:  Culture, Self, and Emotions.  In R. Richards (Ed.), Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature (pp. 195-220).  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association. PDF


Averill, J. R., & Sundararajan, L.  (2006). Passion and Qing: Intellectual Histories of Emotion, West and East. In K. Pawlik & G. d'Ydewalle (Eds.), Psychological Concepts: An International Historical Perspective (pp. 101-139). Hove, UK: Psychology Press. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (2005).  Happiness Donut:  A Confucian Critique of Positive Psychology.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 25 (1), 35-60. PDF

Averill, J. R., & Sundararajan, L. (2005).  Hope as Rhetoric: Cultural Narratives of Wishing and Coping.  In J. Eliott(Ed.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (pp. 133-165).  New York:  Nova Science. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (2004).  Twenty-four Poetic Moods:  Poetry and Personality in Chinese Aesthetics.  Creativity Research Journal, 16(2 & 3), 201-214. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (2002). The Veil and Veracity of Passion in Chinese Poetics. Conscious & Emotion, 3(2),197–228.

Sundararajan, L.  (2002).  Humanistic Psychotherapy and the
Scientist-practitioner Debate: An “Embodied” Perspective. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 42 (2), 34-47. PDF

Sundararajan, L.  (2002).  Religious Awe:  Potential Contributions of Negative Theology to Psychology, “Positive” or Otherwise.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psycholgy, 22 (2), 174-197. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (2000).  Background-Mood in Emotional Creativity: A Microanalysis.  Consciousness and Emotion, 1 (2), 227-243. PDF


Sundararajan, L.  (1998).  Reveries of Well-being in the Shih-p’in: From Psychology to Ontology. In A-T.Tymieniecka Ed.), Analecta Husserliana (pp.57-70), Vol.LVI, Netherlands: Kluwer. PDF