Writing Tools: Ayurveda

Writers use all sorts of interesting tools to create characters who behave like real people.

Two of my favourites are below, and are great starting points for characterisation.

Myers-Briggs gives you a personality type that can help to plan how a character prefers to behave in any given situation.

“The Myers Briggs® Type Indicator (MBTI®) is a widely used and highly regarded system for understanding and interpreting personality, and derives most of its underpinning theory from Carl Jung’s Psychological Types…”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can help to understand a character’s reactions to whatever circumstances you choose to plonk them into.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is an excellent model for understanding human motivation.

However, I’ve just come across a lovely little dosha quiz on the Pukka Herbs website that might help to mosh up a character through using the principles of Ayurveda.

Arjuna and Krishna together for the first time

“Ayurveda dates back an estimated 5,000-10,000 years and is widely considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world.” – Shanthi Ayurveda

Ayurveda names three elemental substances, the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).


A balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease. Each of us possesses a unique combination of the doshas which define our temperament and characteristics.

Sounds like a good way of working up basic traits for a new character. D’you reckon?

(Pukka Teas, by the way, are herbal tisanes made in England, and they don’t pay me anything to mention them here.)

Published in: on April 3, 2012 at 12:00 am  Comments Off on Writing Tools: Ayurveda  
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