PERSONALITY-AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE

Ayurvedic Personality Understanding human beings is a fascinating science and it attracted many intellectuals all over the world and they have contributed to the field of psychology in understanding human beings. Personality is the sum total of behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental attributes that characterize a unique individual. Ayurveda explains individuality by means of prakriti. Prakriti or psycho-somatic constitution is an inherent characteristic property of an individual determined at the time of conception itself and remains unaltered throughout life. This concept is separated by a thin margin in ayurveda, that it incorporates physical aspect of individuals also. Because Ayurveda believes that human organism behaves in a wholesome and complex manner and physical and mental factors of personality cannot be isolated.

Ayurvedic theory of psycho somatic constitution is based on tridosha, triguna and panchabhautika theories. Prakriti is an inherent characteristic property of an individual which is genetically determined It also explains the influential factors like racial peculiarities, familial predisposition, demographical, seasonal effects, natural changes according to age, personal habits, individuality and idiosyncrasy. Assessment of prakriti is an important concept in ayurveda. It serves as a foundation stone, on which all clinical decisions are taken. It is beneficial not only in treatment but to maintain health of a healthy individual.

The author has gathered all the relevant information about this topics from various Ancient Ayurvedic texts like Charaka, Sushruta and Vagbhata and have also updated the same according to the current situation.

In this E-book 'PERSONALITY-AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE' there is detailed description about Prakriti.

Prakriti is a unique combination of all three fundamental body humors, vata , pitta and kapha, and one is usually being inherently predominant in the individual.

Considering, the vast applicability and utility of personality in health and disease, an attempt is made to study prakriti In comparison with the descriptions of personality.

This Ebook will discuss about the formation of prakriti , genetical aspects, the factors which help in formation, influential factors, prakriti types, it‘s role in health and disease etc. with relevant modern science for quick revision.

About the Author -
Dr.V.V.Lakshmi Prasuna, M.D. PhD (Ay.) is an expert Ayurvedic scoler and is working in this field for last 20 years. She is an author of an excellent Ebook - Ayurvedic Management of Thyroid disorders' published by us in 2009.

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Table of Contents

i. Dedication : :
ii. Acknowledgments : :
iii. Preface : :
1 Index : :
2 Key to transliteration : : 7
3 List of abbreviations :     : 8
4 List of tables :     : 11
5 List of figures :     : 12
6 Introduction :     : 13
7 Definition of personality :     : 14
8 Definition of prakriti :     : 17
9 Historical aspects of prakriti :     : 19
9.1 Gleanings from Vedic literature :     : 19
9.2 samkhyadarshana :     : 20
9.3 Yoga darshana :     : 21
9.4 Five stages of mind :     : 22
9.5 Bhagavadgita :     : 23
9.6 Taittiriya Upanishad :     : 24
9.7 Yogavashshthrhidaya:     : 26
9.8 Manusmriti :     : 27
9.9 Agnipurrana :     : 29
9.10 Garuda purrana :     : 29
10 Historical review of prakriti :     : 33
11 Historical review of personality :     : 40
12 Formation of prakriti :     : 49
12.1 Factors influencing the formation of prakriti :     : 55
12.2 shukra functions :     : 56
12.3 Formation of shukra :     : 56
12.4 Formation of stri bija :     : 57
12.5 Concept of Bija/genetic basis :     : 59
12.6 Hereditary disorders in Ayurveda :     : 61
12.7 Genetic disorders in Ayurveda :     : 63
12.8 Kala garbhashaya prakkriti :     : 66
12.9 Maturaharavihara prakriti :     : 71
12.10 Panchamahabhutavikara prakriti :     : 72
13 Shadbhavas :     : 74
14 Jati prasakta prakriti :     : 76
14.1 Kula prasakta prakriti :     : 77
14.2 Deshanupatini prakriti :     : 77
14.3 Kalanupatini prakriti :     : 78
14.4 Vayonupatini prakriti :     : 79
14.5 Pratyatmaniyata prakriti :     : 81
14.6 Bala prakriti :     : 81
15 Formation of personality :    : 82
15.1 Biological perspective on personality formation :    : 82
15.2 Freud‘s psychogenetic model of development :    : 85
15.3 Alfred Adler’s individual psychology:    : 88
15.4 Erikson‘s stages of psychosocial development :    :89
15.5 Piaget‘s stages of cognitive development :    :93
15.6 Kohlberg‘s stages of moral development:    : 94
15.7 Behavioral perspective:    : 96
15.8 Humanistic perspective:    : 97
16 Classification of prakriti :     : 100
16.1 Dosha prakriti :     : 108
16.2 vata prakriti :     : 109
16.3 pitta prakriti :     : 117
16.4 kapha prakriti :     : 124
16.5 Dvidoshaja prakriti :     : 132
16.6 Sama prakriti :     : 133
17 Manasa prakriti :     : 135
17.1 3 types of manasa prakriti :     : 135
17.2 7 types of manasa prakriti :     : 137
17.3 14 types of kaya ac. to bhela :     : 138
17.4 brahma kaya :     : 138
17.5 deva kaya :     : 139
17.6 varuna kaya :     : 139
17.7 gadharva kaya :     : 139
17.8 pisaca kaya :     : 139
17.9 asura kaya :     : 139
17.10 maharaja kaya :     : 139
17.11 7 types of m¡nu½a prakriti :     : 140
17.12 16 types of m¡nasa prakriti :     : 141
17.13 Brahma kaya :     : 141
17.14 Arsa/rsi kaya :     : 141
17.15 Indra kaya :     : 141
17.16 Yama kaya :     : 142
17.17 Varuna kaya :     : 142
17.18 Kubera kaya :     : 142
17.19 Gandharva kaya :     : 142
17.20 Asura kaya :     : 143
17.21 Rakshasa kaya :     : 143
17.22 Paishacha kaya :     : 143
17.23 Sarpa kaya :     : 143
17.24 Praita kaya :     : 143
17.25 Sakuna kaya :     : 144
17.26 Pashu kaya :     : 144
17.27 Matsya kaya :     : 144
17.28 Vanaspatya kaya :     : 144
17.29 Prajapati sattva :     : 144
17.30 Yaksha sattva :     : 145
17.31 Bhuta sattva :     : 145
17.32 Innumerable no: of manasa prakriti :     : 145
18 Bhautika prakriti :     : 146
18.1 Characteristics of nabhasa prakriti :     : 146
18.2 Characteristics of vayaviya prakriti :     : 146
18.3 Characteristics of agneya prakriti :     : 146
18.4 Characteristics of jaliya prakriti :     : 147
18.5 Characteristics of parthiva prakriti :     : 147
18.6 shad dhatu prakriti kaya :     : 147
19 Personality theories :    : 148
19.1 Type theory :    : 148
19.2 Trait theory of personality :    : 152
19.3 Psycho analytical theory:    : 159
19.4 The social cognitive perspective:    : 160
19.5 The humanistic perspective:    : 161
20 Importance of prakriti :     : 162
21 Appendix :     : 167
21.1 List of characteristics of kapha prakriti :     : 168
21.2 List of characteristics of pitta prakriti :     : 175
21.3 List of characteristics of vata prakriti :     : 182
24 Alphabetical index :     : 191
25 Bibliography :     : 199

[Total pages - 210]

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