The Psychology of George Gurdjieff: Part 1

By Mark Stephen Cescato.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper aims to outline a contemporary reading of certain psychological aspects of the teaching brought to the West by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. In particular it focusses on aspects of this teaching which have relevance for modern day psychology with a view to creating spaces for conversations between some of the ideas of the major schools of thought in psychology and the coinciding resonances of those same ideas in Gurdjieff’s teaching. There are many such resonances, and given this, there is great potential for a meeting of the ideas of contemporary psychology and those of Gurdjieff’s teaching through such conversations. It is further argued that Gurdjieff’s teaching, or at least certain aspects of it, hold the potential to help extend our understanding of many matters of a psychological nature, and possibly in some instances to give psychologists new or different understandings of various phenomena of which we have limited or restricted understandings.

Keywords: Gurdjieff, Psychology, Self-development, Personal Development, Consciousness

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.147-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 537.188KB).

Dr. Mark Stephen Cescato

Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Mark Cescato gained his BA and Master of Psychology degrees from the Flinders University of South Australia. His PhD, from the University of South Australia (UniSA),was an analysis of the psychology of G. I. Gurdjieff. He has lectured in psychology and counselling at UniSA since 1979. He has also worked as a clinical psychologist at community health centres in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. As well as lecturing in undergraduate and postgraduate programs run by the School of Psychology at UniSA, he also supervises postgraduate clinical psychology students at the University’s Psychology Clinic. His interests include transpersonal psychologies, Eastern psychologies and philosophies, and the the teachings of George Gurdjieff.


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