Body psychology

Blood / Yin Deficiency - Exist for others

Yin def means deficient of inward connection. Why? Because excessive outward focus. Also this creates intense mind which drains yin.

Qi / Yang Deficiency - Don't rest

Qi/yang def means body no longer functioning well. Why? Because its been pushed too hard. The person has forgotten to rest and the wheels are coming off.

Stagnation - Stuck

Stagnation is a state where the client is not expressing themselves in their life. They may be pretending to be someone else, to be an image, to look after others first or to live up to expectations. The less expression, the more frustration, anger and/or irritation.

Damp - Needs

Emotionally disconnected, Excessive thinking and analysis, Oversensitive to others, Sluggish - Overthinking


The mind and the body are one

The logic brain constrains our behaviour to try and get the things we want.

Pattern of disease

Motivation → Belief → Behaviour → Disease

Beliefs = how I (believe) I get what I want (the motivator)

Type of Behaviour might not be driven by the same Type of Motivator - because the beliefs we have may influence this and may be motivated to avoid or to seek

The root of a motivation is a physical feeling - then given words from the logic brain - need to be clear what people mean by the words

How we might see this

Fire motivation: Love

Earth Behaviour: to be loved I look after others


  • Disease usually reflects behaviour
  • Client history = behaviour
  • Focus on Symptoms that don’t fit...
  • Eyes are key to determining if something has meaning to them

Four steps to recovery

  • Responsibility to have power to change
  • Connection... self to the issue
  • Understanding / redefining the problem - what are the fundamental
  • Something internal, not external ← this is what body Psych is about
  • Diffusion of the stress


  • Observe and Group symptoms
  • Psych questions
  • Determine the story—tapestry of their life
  • Find motivator

Body Psychology

Complete list of all TCM body psychology types and categories is contained below.

Body Psychology TCM Types

Body Psychology Summary

Body Psychology TCM Types

Physical Areas

Physical Areas