Dr. P. K. Kar,
Principal, Govt. Women’s College, Jeypore (K)
The present study attempts on exploring the relevance of triguna in the inheritance of personality traits in the context of the traditional explanation of Indian culture. The researchers have humbly endeavored to clarify the concepts of culture and personality and to establish the relationship between these two concepts in the context of the traditional explanation of the determination of personality trait on the basis of the triguna theory, as explained in the Hindu scriptures. In modern times, the educated youths are influenced more by the Western culture. Therefore, the researchers deemed it proper to empirically investigate the awareness of the modern educated youths of the capital city of Bhubaneswar regarding the triguna theory in explaining the personality traits and their faith in the theory itself. Moreover it was also desired to assess their opinion regarding the impact of the western culture on cultural specialties and alternatives. Sample of 200 respondents was chosen on the basis of convenience sampling method , having due regard to different categories of students., such as the students of liberal arts, commerce and business administration, science and technical students. Questionnaire method was used for collection of primary data from the respondents. That apart, data were also gathered through thorough discussion with the respondents. The findings revealed that the technical students were much less aware of the triguna theory of explaining personality traits in the context of Indian culture. As regards the level of acceptance of the theory, students of liberal arts accounted for a comparatively higher percentage, although it was less than sixty per cent. However, an over whelming majority accepted the fact that the impact of Western culture has created specialties and alternatives in shaping the personality.