Personality traits and types in modern & Buddhist psychology: Implications for social psychologists
Indunil Philip Shantha
In Modern Psychology, Trait theory is an approach to the study of human personality to study of person’s habitual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion in order to understand the person as psycho physiological phenomena. In Buddhism classify the person according to social, psychological and therapeutical facts to understand the nature of person in order to show them the real path for the liberation or Nibbāna. In this paper I discus on the classification of persons reflected in Buddhist texts focusing attention to the social aspect as well as the psychological aspect of the human being. I have selected a few topics of interests in my opinions from the text and examine them briefly, making references to some modern psychological aspects. I have commenced this discussion with a brief note on the personality according to Buddhist view. First of all deals with the classification of persons according to Modern Psychology, and then deals with classification of persons elucidated in Post Canonical Texts, as well as the Canonical Texts such as Puggalapaññatthi and Visuddhimagga. This paper gives an account of classification of personal types in Buddhist psychology for the sake of efficacy of the practice of psychotherapists.