Psychology of Sasang Constitutions-There Are Two Soeumin Subgroups: Soeumin 1 and 2

△Soeumin psychology has been explained by Ayurveda, Unani, Need Theory, DiSC, Social Styles, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. imageⓒDavidLee.

By David Lee, L.Ac.

Sasang four constitutions are present in all people around the world. Western and Indian psychological profiling systems help better understand the Soeumins. Dr. Jema Lee identified two types of Soeumin: Soeumin I and Soeumin II (aka Han Taeumin).   


 △Soeumin 1. imageⓒDavidLee.

Souemin 1 Cold

Damp constitution’s key desire is harmony. They have a strong desire to help others and be supportive, seeking ways to help others feel good about themselves. They build lasting relationships and show loyalty. They express appreciation to others through words and gifts. Being people-oriented, they submit themselves to others through cooperation and thoughtfulness. They maintain a network of friends with strong bonds like a family.

The following are some of their mantras: “Don’t rock the boat.” “Do unto others what you want done to yourself.”


△Soeumin II (aka Han Taeeumin). imageⓒDavidLee.

Soeumin 2 Cold-Dry body types have natural inclination toward compliance, abiding by rules and policy. They exercise caution and conscientiousness. They tend to ask questions, gather facts, and study data seriously. Their approach is structured and organized.

The primary motivation for these individuals is quality work. They place priority on getting things right through orderliness and policy. They want to know all the details, not only the bottom line for making decisions.

The following are some of their mantras: “Knowledge is power,” “The chain is as strong as its weakest link,” “Do not leave any stone unturned,” “If everybody follows the rules, there will be no conflict,” “Everything in its place, and a place for everything,” and “Get things done right the first time.”