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Twelve Basic Personality Types

Homeopathic Archetypes: Six Genotypes, and Six Phenotypes

Notes below on Treating Rape, Abuse, Violation | Book on Homeopathic Personality Archetypes

See also: Homeopathy Science | Counseling Services | Family Constellation Work | Chronic Miasms affect personality | Chthonic (Fear) Diseases affect personality | Emotions and TCM

Homeopathic practitioners have long described their medicines ("remedies") by the "picture" they represent. Most of the literature commonly available about homeopathic remedies presents the negative aspects seen in illness. However there is a growing body of writing that talks about the personality and its attributes in a healthy state as well as under stress or attack by Disease. In the Heilkunst system of homeopathy the existence of the healthy core constitution is central to treatment. This is known as the Genotype. In Catherine Coulter's book there are excellent descriptions that include material on the healthy core constitution. See Coulter book, below

Note: Personality distortions occur when the body is under attack by Disease, and the core constitution can regress to the Phenotype. See descriptions of the emotional results of Chronic Miasms and Chthonic Disease.  Also, see Autism: The Journey Back.

It would be best if an individual had the advice of a professional homeopath such as are available through the Hahnemann Clinic for Heilkunst. However, this information may be of use to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

This information can be very helpful in a person becoming more comfortable with their personality. Reading a book, such as Catherine Coulter's, can help them understand things they might have dismissed or felt were "odd". Knowledge of Archetypes can help a person have more confidence in exploring their unique qualities, seeing how they have developed their archetype in their own unique way.

Catherine Coulter, Homeopath.

Nature and Human Personality: Homoeopathic Archetypes: This is an excellent look at the healthy state of twelve homeopathic personality types. Contains 11 of the 12 major personality types that were basic to the approach Hahnemann used in his later years and is taught within the Heilkunst method.

There is a progression from Emotion-centered to Intellect-centered types:

Sulphur/ Pulsatilla/ Phosphorus/ Calcarea/ Lycopodium/ Silica. 

These have been grouped into two "families" (called "Genotypes" www.Homeopathy.com): 

1. The Sulphur Family (Sulphur/ Lycopodium / Calcarea carbonica) -- which I understand to be more earthy/emotional, and,

2.The Silica Family (Silicea/ Pulsatilla/ Phosphorus) -- which I understand to be more mental/intellectual.  

Under stress these decompensate into the following 6 (called "Phenotypes"):

"Stasis Neurosis" (Sepia/ Staphysagria/ Lachesis) -- "blockage of energy from the suppressive impingement of the environment", censure from others, etc., and,

"Psycho-Neurosis" (Arsenicum/ Natrum muriaticum/ Nux vomica) -- Reich's psychoneurosis: "blockage of energy stemming from internal prohibitions, termed repression".

Genotypes: Sketches of the healthy core homeopathic personality types

These contain only a fraction of the details that could be given.

The "online" links include illness-focused descriptions. For more uplifting observations of the homeopathic types in Health, see the books mentioned above.


Online homeopathic remedy descriptions from A to Z:

ABC_Homeopathy:  Link


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Sulphur Family:

Sulphur [online]: (From the element Sulphur) Strong, hot, fiery personality, generous in giving out energies and  money. When stressed or ill may show self-aggrandizement, over-taxing his/her ability to give, become dirty, smelly, disorganized. Would rather rip off a button than deal with a challenging buttonhole.

Lycopodium [online]: (From Club Moss: protective cover for the earth; dried, burned in science class to make a volcano.) High self-esteem, resilient, adaptable, can burn brightly. When stressed or ill may become detached, distrustful of extremes (intellectual or emotional), avoids confronting problems on deeper levels of relationships.

Calcarea carbonica [online]: (From Oyster shell) A pearl, lustrous personality (Mozart, Helen Keller), can be a very hard worker. Understands others, by nature a nurturer. When stressed or ill may become isolated, defensive, obstinate, insecure, lethargic, and inactive. 

Silica Family:

Silica [online]: (From Sand, quartz) Many facets, durable, holds to principles, conscientious.  When stressed or ill may lack animal warmth, cold hands and feet, lasting exhaustion from mental exertion, hard, inflexible, critical of others and self.

Pulsatilla [online]: (From the Wind Flower). Delightful personality, radiant, lovely in moving with the winds of events. When stressed or ill may feel blown about, changing mind, dependent on others for support. [May 2008: Has innate sense of the value of human relationships and God's plan for human society. Fairness and support are expectations, and lack of receiving these from society can be extremely distressing.]

Phosphorus [online]: (From metallic Phosphorus, which burns brightly) Radiates a captivating energy, spontaneous and calls upon her/his strong psychic sensitivity and extrasensory perception. When stressed or ill, they may lack sustained energy to carry out their plans, and their many imagined goals may dissipate and be unrealized.

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Phenotypes: Sketches of the homeopathic personality under stress

Phenotypes: Following are negative aspects of personality presentations evident under stress. These can be changed with treatment and brought back to their more balanced Genotype that is one of the above basic six:

"Stasis Neurosis"

"Stasis Neurosis" -- "blockage of energy from the suppressive impingement of the environment", censure from others., etc.

Sepia [online]: (From the black ink of cuttlefish.) Overworked, exhausted, tolerates dysfunctional family ("I've got to do well"). Hides emotions. Weepy.

Staphysagria [online] (From Stavesacre, a green plant.) Mental depression, hysteria, hypochondriasis, sexual excess or prior sexual abuse.

[NOTE formerly they theoretically classed these symptoms as being Graphites [online]: (From graphite or black lead.) Depressed; anxious; sluggish thinking; tearful, weeping; thoughts of death. However, this has clinicaly shown to be Staphysagria]

Lachesis [online]:  (From venom of Bushmaster snake) Strong sex drive out of control if not in committed relationship. Possessive. Addictive behavior.


"Psycho-Neurosis" -- Reich's psychoneurosis: "blockage of energy stemming from internal prohibitions, termed repression".

Arsenicum [online]: (From Arsenic oxide) Perfectionist. Overdoing things. A controlling personality. Competitive. Pride. Strict regimentation (as in healthcare program, athletics). Fears for safety, of family and self. Fatigue.

Natrum muriaticum [online]: (From Table Salt) Sensitive, impressionable, sadness, weary from life, resentful, bears grudges, difficulty expressing emotions, fears closed spaces, does good works but fears is a failure; intense hopes and dreams.

Nux vomica [online]: (From the "Poison Nut") "Type A" personality; driven; sensitive; feels everything strongly; capable of hard work and diligence; receptive and intelligent.


Treating Rape, Abuse, Violation

Note on treating some emotional states that may be encountered when working with people in a sexual healing context: These are major assaults on a person's Being, often moving deep into subconscious areas, tissue memories are involved. These can be called Disease and can be treated. Multiple approaches have been pointed to as helping, and I would list Pelvic-Heart Integration, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Homeopathy and others that I would add to the list if contacted by practitioners. There is hope. There is power available to cast out the unwanted violating energies, and I am convinced one can consider the process as one of scientific administration of energy principles, or consider it a kind of spiritual warfare if they view things in those terms. 

Some key disturbances/Diseases that can result from these assaults are the Chthonic Diseases. These can create devastating mental and emotional situations that can be treated effectively with homeopathy.

Treatment needs to be done in the sequence determined by the principles of the Complete Medical System described on the websites: www.Homeopathy.com, and www.Heilkunst.com. [See also this site's Homeopathy main page]


Emotional shock--loss: Natrum muriaticum. (However, if the emotion is still very much in the present, Ignatia is more appropriate.)

Emotional shock--suppressed anger, guilt, humiliation, indignation: Staphysagria.

Emotional shock--fear: Poppy.

Emotional Trauma Remedy: is simply NSOL plus Nux vomica [a combination used by the Heilkunst practitioners].

Jealousy: Lachesis (or other indicated remedy)

Violation, Rape--Staphysagria


Catherine Coulter, Homeopath.

Nature and Human Personality: Homoeopathic Archetypes: This is an excellent look at the healthy state of twelve homeopathic personality types. Contains 11 of the 12 major personality types that were basic to the approach Hahnemann used in his later years and is taught within the Heilkunst method.

Edward Whitmont, M.D., Psychiatrist, Homeopath.

Psyche and Substance [review of book]: "...Shows how symbolic and imaginal thinking is 'eminently helpful' in grasping homeopathic remedy pictures." Presents 12 remedies, the personality profiles of people who exemplify the remedies.

The Alchemy of Healing [review of book]: Survey of historical healing systems, including homeopathy.

Open Minds: A New Perspective on Healing. This looks at the way the Heilkunst program of applying homeopathy includes nutrition, bodywork, dental detoxification, good psychological counseling, and more. [See this and more at the college Store.]

"Imagine true health, your chronic ills gone!
The practitioners in this book have opened their minds to healing. Their stories show their commitment to truth so their patients may receive the benefit. With their help and yours, we can advance the science of medicine into the deeper realms of human existence and restore health with prescribing that unearths and eradicates the true causes of disease."

Dynamic Legacy: From Homeopathy to Heilkunst. This comes as a CD-ROM or two 3-ring binders and gives an extensive presentation of the groundwork and principles of homeopathy as practiced by Dr. Hahnemann in his later years. This work has been rediscovered, translated and now taught by the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst. Solid documentation on Reich, orgone energy, orgasm. [See this at college Store. Its Table of contents ]

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