Triguna as mediating variable in stress and wellbeing
relationship: A theoretical model

Puja Taneja & Usha Ram
University of Pune

There has been substantial research on stress-wellbeing relationship from the western perspective. Selye talked about General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS) and Taylor gave four models to explain the relationship between stress and illness in terms of direct route, interactive route, health behaviour route, and illness behaviour route. In the Indian context, stress-wellbeing relationship is well explained in Ayurveda, but the importance of triguna as a mediating variable was totally neglected. From our perspective, the three gunas will have different impact in stress-wellbeing relationship in terms of direction and amount of association, so the crux of the present paper is to generate a theoretical model on stress-wellbeing relationship by considering the Western and Indian perspectives.


This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002