Systematic review of Sasang typology studies from psychological perspective

사상의학의 심리학적 연구에 대한 체계적 고찰

  • HAN, Ji Han (School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University) ;
  • LEE, Hwan Seong (School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University) ;
  • LEE, Junyeop (School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University) ;
  • LEE, Soo Jin (Department of Psychology, Kyungsung University) ;
  • CHAE, Han (School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University)
  • 한지한 (부산대학교 한의학과) ;
  • 이환성 (부산대학교 한의학과) ;
  • 이준엽 (부산대학교 한의학과) ;
  • 이수진 (경성대학교 심리학과) ;
  • 채한 (부산대학교 한의학과)
  • Received : 2019.02.19
  • Accepted : 2019.03.08
  • Published : 2019.03.31


Introduction The purpose of this study was to review thirty years of studies on psychological characteristics of Sasang types to delineate generalizable psychological theories pertaining Sasang typology. Methods Research articles providing psychometric characteristics of each Sasang types were extracted from five database written in Korean and English. Demographic features of the participants, clinical methods for the Sasang type classification, and psychological characteristics of each Sasang types were reviewed and summarized. Results A total of 59 peer-reviewed research articles were found to be published from 1991 to 2018, and the So-Yang and So-Eum Sasang type showed distinctive and contrasting psychological features. The overlap between Eastern and Western psychology in Behavioral Activation and Inhibition System was highlighted as for personality studies, but the anxiety as a pathological factor was not found distinguishable between Sasang types. Discussion The present systematic review provided insight on psychological perspectives of Sasang typology, and would be useful for establishing unique construct of Korean Psychology.

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Figure 1. Flowchart for the Article Selection Process

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Figure 2. Illustrated Psychological Characteristics of Sasang Typology

Table 1. Psychological Characteristics of Each Sasang Types Using Comprehensive Personality Scales

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Table 2. Psychological Characteristics of Each Sasang Types Using Psychopathological Tests.

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Table 3. Psychological Characteristics of Each Sasang Types Using Various Psychological Tests

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