Homeopathic Psychology

Homeopathic Psychology

  • Philip Bailey


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A unique elemental analysis of 35 constitutional types, examining the common behaviors, primary emotional tendencies, internal conflicts and spiritual issues that each of them face.
417 pp pb


Homeopathic Psychology, Personality Profiles of the Major Constitutional Remedies, by Philip Bailey, was published in 1995.

In this book Bailey presents his own view of the personality profiles of 35 major homeopathic remedies. The sole result of the author's clinical experience these remedy pictures differ from the classical presentations.

Bailey has included information about mental behaviors, internal conflicts, emotional tendencies, spiritual concerns, and physical appearance. He has also given the male to female ratio for each constitutional type.

A student of Vithoulkas, Bailey has gone on to develop his own very personal remedy 'essences'.

From the Book

The most common personality types recognized by homeopathic practitioners are brought to life in this new book by an insightful physician and homeopath.

These thirty-five typologies are described in light of common behaviors, primary emotional tendencies, internal conflicts and spiritual issues that each of them face. This book is essential for serious students and practitioners of homeopathic medicine, and it will be of use as well to homeopathic patients or anyone interested in typology research.

Understanding these archetypal personalities enables us to better know ourselves, our family, and the people with whom we interact day-to-day.
"Dr Philip Bailey's penetrating discussion of thirty-five different remedies carries the stamp of clinical authority and scholarship.

"His introductory chapter provides a number of clinical pearls with regard to history-taking. The book offers a unique elemental analysis of constitutional types showing how homeopathy and other medical systems may one day be linked.

"Homeopathic Psychology is an important addition to the dialogue between homeopathy and psychiatry."
Jonathan Davidson M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Duke University School of Medicine
"This book gives insights into the basic nature of many important remedies. It is well-written and accurate. I recommend it to all serious students of homeopathy."
Roger Morrison M.D.
co-founder of the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy
author of Desktop Guide to Keynotes and Confirmatory Symptoms

"Homeopathic Psychology furthers our understanding of the psychology of the major homeopathic remedies. Dr Bailey explains well our existing knowledge of the remedies and broadens our understanding of them, providing numerous highly original observations.

"His descriptions of the psychogenesis and psychodynamics of the remedies is engrossing. Homeopathic Psychology is a pleasure to read and has enhanced my familiarity with the materia medica."
George Guess M.D., DHt,
Editor, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy


Introduction x-xxii
Alumina: Mental Instability -- 1-5
Anacardium: Good Versus Evil -- 6-9
Argentum Nitricum: Impulsive, Erratic Mentality -- 10-15
Arsenicum Album: Physical Insecurity -- 16-27
Aurum Metallicum: Loathing of Life -- 28-34
Baryta Carbonica: Immaturity -- 35-41
Belladonna: Mania -- 42-45
Calcarea Carbonica: Inertia -- 46-56
Causticum: The Idealist -- 57-63
China: Sensitivity -- 64-69
Graphites: Blandness -- 70-75
Hyoscyamus: Erotic Psychosis -- 76-80
Ignatia: Emotional Roller-Coaster -- 81-90
Kali Carbonicum: Rigidity -- 91-100
Lachesis: Sexual Tension -- 101-109
Lycopodium: Impotence-- 110-132
Medhorrhinum: The Passionate Adventurer -- 133-142
Mercurius: The Medium -- 143-171
Natrum Carbonicum: Natrum, but More 'Earthy' -- 172-174
Natrum Muriaticum: Suppression of Emotional Pain -- 175-222
Natrum Sulphuricum: The Fiery Natrum -- 223-226
Nux Vomica: The Conqueror -- 227-248
Phosphoric Acid: Emotional Numbness -- 249-253
Phosphorus: Lack of Boundaries -- 254-272
Platina: Hysteria, Pride, Nymphomania -- 273-278
Pulsatilla: The Feminine Principle -- 279-292
Sepia: The Independant Woman -- 293-309
Silica: Delicate and Determined -- 310-320
Staphysagria: Suppressed Anger -- 321-336
Stramonium: Light and Dark -- 337-342
Sulphur: The Inspired Ego -- 343-367
Syphilinum: Morbidity -- 368-377
Thuja: Sexual Guilt -- 378-385
Tuberculinum: Restlessness -- 386-397
Veratrum Album: Dogmatism -- 398-401
Appendix: An Elemental Analysis of Constitutional Types -- 402-411
Index -- 412-416
Index of Remedies -- 417
About the Author -- 418


"Personality profiles of the major constitutional remedies." Written by an Australian psychotherapist who studied with Vithoulkas.

The author discusses how 34 basic remedies act on a psychological level, and describes why people needing certain remedies behave the way they do.

Julian Winston writes:
This book is another work that suggests people can be easily identified as one of many polychrest states by their outward appearance and behavior.

While it does contain one therapist's insights into extreme mental states of illness it can be looked at as "new age pop-psychology" with a homeopathic flavor.

The author openly disparages the "older repertories" in favor of his unsystematic office impressions, and his routine dosing of every patient with a 10M potency frequently has no effect, which would indicate to some that he is probably giving either the wrong remedy or the wrong potency.

Said one reviewer, "The book inadvertently serves as a much better psychological study of Phillip Bailey than it does of humanity at large."

It is not a book for beginners who lack the experience and depth of knowledge necessary to evaluate the material. Many of the author's generalizations can be questioned.

For example, he says that in his experience in England, North America and Australia, about one-third of all the people are in need of the Natrum series of remedies.

The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author