Personality types in Ayurveda.

K. C. Dube, A. Kumar, S. Dube

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The basis of human personality as given in ancient Hindu Ayurvedan literature is reviewed and interpreted in the light of current knowledge and understanding. The structure of mind expounded in Sankhyan philosophy is explained and its parallelism with the Freudian approach is brought out. The formative influences in the development of the mental constitution of an individual are described. An attempt is made to demonstrate close similarity between Ayurvedan and Lewin's field (Gestalt) theories. Significance of Tridosh (Vet, Pitta and Kaf), by vitiating the chemical balance, as etiological factors of mental illness is described. Sixteen personality types and their correspondence with 16 types of mental disorders are mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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