Well, all three are somehow related to self-development. Yet, how exactly? What are the subtle differences? Can you use these schools of thoughts to improve your life? Questions which justify an ExperienceZone analysis.

Talking constitution types

Yeah, you’re unique in many ways. By the same token you’re part of the human race and thus have similarities with me. Apart from the fact that we both have two arms and legs or ten fingers, there might be behavioral commonalities between us. If our bodies look similar, there’re high chances that our mentality, even our world views, are not too far apart. Creepy, huh? As inside, so outside and vice versa. Our exteriors (bodies and postures) are products of our interiors (emotions, thoughts and feelings).

God, All-that-is, the universe, nature or whatever you’d like to call it, seems to use baking tins. There’re certain types of human beings. Do you know two persons, which are unrelated yet look and act similar? This is not a deja-vu but your recognition of the divine blueprint. The old Chinese and Indian tried to cluster people, so that they can analyze, diagnose and forecast physical and behavioral attributes. The three biggest systems are Traditional European Medicine (TEM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda.

TEM is admirably more a collection of medieval techniques than a closed system. Based on who you ask, it contains next to the discoveries of monks and herb witches the approaches of Kneipp and von Bingen. Many of those contradict each other. Yet interestingly, some put people  in buckets to analyze their characteristics based on commonalities.

TCM is the system of the old Chinese. It embraces five human attributes (earth, wood, water, fire and air), which find their equivalents in colors, climates and cycles (such as seasons). The underlying principles is Qi, which can be translated as the life energy. Everything consists of two poles, ying and yang. Balance of those ensure health. Extremes bring disease in the long run.

Ayurveda is the Indian school of thought, which is applied in Sri Lanka full-fledged way only. Mind the wellness vacation mid-age women book and return from enlightened. Sorry for being biased here. Actually, the system is as comprehensive as TCM and contains similarities, such as the inclusion of elements. Here those get translated into three stereotypes of people: Pitta, Vatta and Kapha.

Get the best out of these systems!

Next to the frameworks above, generations of philosophers – dating back to ancient Greece – tried to categorize human beings in order to come up with effective recommendations on how we need to live in order to stay healthy and become happy. Here’re my advise:

  1. Self-test: Gain clarity about who you are. Run a personality analysis, read books about constitution types and simply look in the mirror! You’ll get interesting clues about the clusters you belong to. Plural? Oh yes, you – like all other people – don’t embody one but at least components of two types. In that sense your uniqueness shines through.
  2. Trial and error: Try some suggestions from old Europe, China and India. Check if you can really stand hot sweet food better since you’re a Vatta type or do need to deep breather in  order to relax and thus balance your sometimes stressful wooden style. Change only one thing at a time. Do it for at least a week. Write down your observations in a log before going to sleep. Well-being is your indicator for being on the right track.
  3. Social network scan: Once you know which types you belong to, you can evaluate that people you engage with on a daily basis. What about your family members? Is you partner warm or cold blooded? Do you’ve an outgoing or reserved boss? The more you think and act along the lines of constitution or body types, the sharper your horse sense becomes. Eventually, you’ll get to know and understand yourself as well as others very well.