Dr. Vinod K Gupta, Industrial Psychologist
* People are shattered under stress but some people after undergoing through stress become stronger, more powerful and more confident. It is due to their resilience.
* Resilience is an ability which can be developed by keeping the joints of the bones in regular movement and the muscles of all the limbs elastic and flexible through exercising physically and mentally as well.
* We make hunches when options are available. We keep on guessing when everything is cloudy. Moreover, our success depends upon the right type of decisions which can meet future requirements. In fact, we all are born with the ability that helps in creating our future.
*Those who work to cross the hurdle of Natural Selection are the example of resilient individuals. Otherwise, those ignore this stark reality; most of them live the life of honesty, believe in hard work and use their ‘willpower’ whenever they encounter stress. Finally, they depart from this world unfulfilled.
Research studies suggest resilience is a specific ability. Some people are blessed with it. In some, it is found for some duration but scientists feel that resilience cannot be developed. Here is Dr. Vinod K. Gupta who claims resilience can be developed. Seventy years old Dr. Gupta is an Industrial Psychologist, specialized in the interpretation skills through which he had been making predictions for last 50 years. Ex-Chairman of ONGC, Dr. (Col.) SP Wahi used to appreciate him as a psychologist who uses psychology as astrology for making predictions. He mentioned regarding his expertise in his book, “Leading from the front from an army to corporate world”. Likewise, he was awarded ‘Chikitsa Mart and’, one who cures incurable diseases by Kala Kunj, a social organization, Dehradun, Uttrakhand in the year 2000.
Question: What motivated you?
Dr. Gupta – Soon after taking admission in BA in KGK College, Moradabad I was looking books in the library. There I read, “Outer space may represent the ultimate frontier, but the most critical challenge confronting us now is inner space – understanding the basic nature and behavior of human beings.” – James Coleman: Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, the University of California at Los Angeles. These lines were so fascinating to me that the word ‘inner space’ haunted continuously in my mind. Finally, I told myself this ‘inner space’, I will explore and I began peeping inside the body.
Question: Do you have the solid base for your claim?
Dr. Gupta – I feel I will not be able to convince you unless I narrate the background. During 1973-74 I was able to either diagnose or predict heart attacks along with other diseases after studying the personality of a person. Initially, it was the matter of pride to me as for other psychologists diagnosing/making predictions through personality assessment was something like foreign language. After witnessing actual heart attacks I questioned, “What I am doing?”
I contacted doctors and narrated my problem. All looked at me as if I was a cynic. I discussed my problem with my Yoga-Guru, (late) Dr. Ramesh Chandra Kandpal, ‘Gola Pundit’. I learned yoga seriously under his guidance. Since the age 18, I have regularly been devoting 3 to 4 hours daily on my body as I believe I am effective due to the support of my body.
You know after availing medical treatment the patient is free from all the symptoms of the heart attack but the cause of heart attack still continues because doctors have treated the symptoms only. On the other hand, after re-testing personality assessment was revealing similar syndrome of the heart attack. Later an idea emerged; can I break the syndrome of the heart attack after foreseeing on the profile sheet of the person?
In the year 1988 a question I faced, “I am suggesting Chairman, ONGC regarding ‘future result producing behavior of a manager’. In case, a manager whom I did not recommend if he/she approaches and says, “I respect your wisdom but I want to develop. Can you help me?”
I was simply an interpreter of the data from the futuristic point of view. With the passage of time, the magnitude and the intensity of the question rose to the extent that I could not ignore. It was my question and I was to explore the answer. I decided to monitor the data. That is, data of executives and employees were with me. Whenever I came to know something noticeable regarding the person and his/her family I used to consult the data. Could data reveal this information? If yes, then why did I not reveal? If no, then again why?
Question: What was the outcome?
Dr. Gupta – Data gave this information but it was my limitation. For example, I collected data from Class one officer to General Manager during 1981 to 1989. Some retired as Additional Director, some as Director, some as Vice-President, some as acting Chairman and Mr. SK Manglik became Chairman, ONGC. To our utter surprise when I processed the data through factor analysis with the help of Shri Diwakar who retired as General Manager; those retired as the additional director they were in the group of Additional Directors. Only Shri Manglik was in the block of Col. Wahi.
Even Mr. LL Bhandari who retired as Acting Chairman and Shri PK Chandra who retired as Vice President, they were in the bearing block. After seeing the presentation Shri Jauhari Lal, Director (HR) became interested in his own-self. Unfortunately, he did not fall into the group of Chairman. I wished to present my research in Science Congress but I was not allowed by ONGC.
Question: Then what happened?
Dr. Gupta – I realized avoiding the heart attack and getting support from ‘Nature’ are linked. In both the cases, one has to give his best on the job, he/she has to prepare to cross the hurdle of Natural Selection and he/she has to learn to convert the house into the home. Finally, he must realize the power of ‘love’ without which ‘will to live’ is not possible. It is ‘will to live’ that allows a person to enjoy frustrations and failures in the process of creating ‘future’. Otherwise, he/she always is after success and will harm social harmony at the cost of personal success.
Question: OK but I am asking for your claim.
Dr. Gupta – At the fag-end of my service in ONGC I got the opportunity. Dr. AK Balyan, Director (HR) was appreciative of my counseling capabilities he provided me the opportunity but my immediate bosses did not encourage. In most of the cases, seniors feel they are sidelined by posting as training head. Or it is a punishment posting. As a result, I was to pay rupees ninety thousand from my pocket to make my experiment successful.
I was given eight participants. One was Chief Engineer (Drilling) suffering from hypertension. One was Superintending Engineer (Drilling) he had the attack of paralysis in 2000 and was unable to walk. One was Superintending Engineer (Drilling) he was a chronic patient of high blood sugar and low hemoglobin level. The first day when he joined training Dr. Vinay Kumar informed that he might have a problem in a night as he had not brought medicine. Since I knew him therefore throughout the whole night I could not sleep with the apprehension if something happened to him my program will be washed out. One was Superintending Engineer (Mechanical) who had a heart attack. His inferior walls of the heart were 40% damaged during the attack in 2002. One was Superintending Engineer (Electrical) he was suffering from chronic diabetes. He initially took my training as a picnic. One was Lab Technician who was overqualified for the job and was suffering from a liver problem. One was Technical Assistant (Operation Theatre) he was suffering from tachycardia and anxiety. He was on the verge of retirement. The eighth person was a Rigman working in offshore. He was junior most who needed to develop his confidence level as he was suffering stage phobia.
The hypothesis was with proper desiring and supportive efforts of ‘do-it-yourself’ exercises one can manage any disease/sickness with dignity. I did not have any control over the participants. Those were the smokers they continued smoking. Those were alcoholics they continued drinking. But all were very respectful. I know how to command respect?
In the first phase, I studied their personality in detail and counseled them accordingly. For example, the person who had a paralytic attack and was unable to walk; I told him you will not be cured. Why – asked him? Because you are very eager to walk – my reply was. What should I do – asked he? I told to listen carefully what I say in the classroom and do the ‘do-it-yourself’ exercises which I