International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
Authors:  Yogendra Verma  Gyanesh Kumar Tiwari
The present study aimed to assess the nature and extent of the impacts exerted by sattvic and tamasic personality as enunciated by Indian theory of personality on the self-compassion and human flourishing of the student participants. Atotal of four hundred sixty-eight participants comprising two hundred sixty-five sattvics (Mean Age = 20.05, SD =2.07) and two hundred three tamasics (Mean Age = 19.90, SD = 1.93) participated in the present study. The results of the study indicated that the sattva and tamas gunas shaped the self-compassion and human flourishing of the participants. The participants having relative dominance of sattva guna as compared to tamas guna exhibited higher mean scores on the self-compassion, human flourishing and their components. In addition, the scores on the self-compassion and human flourishing demonstrated positive correlations whereas self-judgement, isolation, and over-identification demonstrated either non-significant positive correlations or significant negative correlations with the scores of these measures. The scores on the self-kindness, common humanity, mindfulness and overall self-compassion components of self-compassion significantly accounted for variance in the scores of hedonic human flourishing, social well-being, psychological well-being, eudaimonic human flourishing, and overall human flourishing of the both sattvics and tamasics whereas the self-judgment aspect of self-compassion caused significant variance in the scores of hedonic human flourishing, social well-being, psychological well-being, eudaimonic human flourishing and overall human flourishing and isolation only to psychological well-being of the tamasics. The results of the study have significant implications of for researchers, academicians, laymen, counselors and educational psychologists. The findings of the study have been discussed in the light of recent findings and theories of personality, self-compassion, and human flourishing. The limitations and future directions for research have also been discussed.