Exploring the Development of Personality: The Journey from Embryo to Adult from a Classical Chinese Perspective

Language: English

Field: Acupuncture, Classics / Philosophy, Scientific research, Practice

This Lecture is suitable for All levels

From pre-conception to conception to gestation to post-gestation, Chinese medicine has guidance for us in helping to nurture our children. While most practitioners are familiar with the five-phase view of the personality types, there is much more to the human personality construct and development from the Chinese medical viewpoint. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels play a foundational role in who we are as individuals, community members, and sexual beings, and there are also valuable lessons to be learned from the Taoist viewpoints surrounding the 3 Hun and 7 Po. This talk will give an overview of these concepts, expanding the practitioner’s look at who we are as people and the challenges we face during critical times of growth and development. By understanding our journey more completely, we can understand our patients and ourselves with greater depth.

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified in Pediatrics and Chinese medicine (NCCAOM). His practice East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC is located in Chicago, Illinois, and Dr. Miller enjoys seeing patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care. Dr. Miller has designed curricula in integrative physiology, and is an active participant and leader in numerous state and nation medical associations. He is currently Chair of the national organization the American Society of Acupuncturists http://www.asacu.com, and immediate past-Chair of the NCCAOM committee on Biomedicine. He participates actively with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the Illinois State Medical Society, and other state and national groups. More on Dr. Miller’s practice and teaching can be found at http://www.eastwestintmed.com and http://www.imneducation.com.

• Identify the components of personality and self-construct governed by the Eight Extraordinary Vessels

• Understand the somatotopic mapping of the personality as described by the three Hun

• Appreciate the challenges the Hun faces from the Po in our efforts to become productive members of society

• Recognize the evolutionary argument for multiple components of this model

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