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Knowing yourself is an important step in self-development. This lecture introduces a number of Western and Eastern classifications of psychological types and discusses their implications in the choice of techniques of self-development.
Talk given in 1970.
This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Higher Evolution of the Individual.
|1.||People falling into 'types' (8:46)|
|2.||Some Western classifications - the Four Humours: i. blood ii. phlegm iii. yellow bile iv. black bile (6:30)|
|3.||Freudian theory of sexual development (4:32)|
|4.||Karen Horney's theory of neurosis; Wilhelm Reich's theory of 'Armouring' (6:21)|
|5.||Jungian theory - 'introvert' and 'extrovert' and the four psychic functions: i. thinking ii. sensation iii. feeling iv. intuition (12:39)|
|6.||Erich Fromm - 'assimilation' and 'socialisation'; five orientations: i. perceptive ii. exploitative iii. hoarding iv. marketing v. productive (14:39)|
|7.||Eastern theories of psychological types: Sankya philosophy in the Bhagavad Gita; the three gunas ('qualities'): i. sattva ii. rajas iii. tamas; links with the caste system (5:48)|
|8.||Buddhagosha's 'Visudhimagga' ('Path of Purification') - a Buddhist theory of psychological types; three types: i. lobhacharita ('greed type') ii. dosacharita ('hate type') iii. mohacharita ('deluded type') (7:42)|
|9.||Buddhagosha's correlation of types with specific meditative practices (5:43)|
|10.||Theories of psychological types differentiated (4:54)|
|11.||Four questions: i. Is there a religious type? ii. Is there a meditating type? iii. Do the two sexes represent-different psychological types? iv. Is it better to be an all-rounder or a specialist?-The need for balanced effort (11:55)|
Total running time: 1:29:29