X. Psychology

Over the past three decades, MSS has been working on a new model of personality derived from Sri Aurobindo’s view of human development. The model takes into account both superficial and deeper layers of behavior, character, culture and individuality as well as differences in individual capacity for accomplishment. Case studies include application of the model to characters in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and other literary works.

Behaviour, Character and Personality

In the early 1970s, MSS developed a classification of levels of human personality to distinguish between learned patterns of behaviour, inherited character traits and expressions of unique individual personality. A paper on this subject was prepared. A research project was formulated to evolve measures for testing the level of personality development, which could be particularly useful for identification of creative students, selection of managers for highly responsible positions, and better job placement of incoming recruits.

Foundations of Human Happiness

In the late 1970s, MSS conducted preliminary research on the factors that contribute to a sense of happiness and personal fulfilment and the problems faced by people of different sexes, ages, social and economic groups, and nationalities in achieving happiness in their lives. The project involved interviews with 30 individuals in India, Europe and USA to obtain clinical data and case material for the study.

Six Dimension Model of Personality

In 2007, MSS began research to evolve a comprehensive model for human personality based on Sri Aurobindo’s conception of human consciousness. The objective of the model is to assess the capacity of personality for accomplishment and to identify the natural stages of psychological growth on multiple dimensions. The model consists of six interrelated dimensions: level of consciousness, depth of personality, energy, strength, direction and values. Studies have also been undertaken of characters from major literary works in order to apply the model to differentiate.

Expert System and Website on Relationships

In 2009, the Society developed a computerized expert system to guide individuals on strategies to improve harmony and good relationships between married men and women. The study includes identification and analysis of 10 major categories of problems and development of a ten level scale of harmony, on which users can evaluate the current status of their relationship and identify measures to raise it to a higher level. The objective is to examine 1000 common relationship problems and formulate strategies to address them. See www.romanceeternal.org. The site is open to the public.