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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 283-287

Morality and moral development: Traditional Hindu concepts

1 Psychiatry Unit, Department of Medicine, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, India
2 Department of Pathology, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, India
3 North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust, Stapleford House, 103 Stapleford Close, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0QX, United Kingdom
4 Consultant Pediatrician, Vatsalya Hospital, 6/8 Elgin Road, Allahabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Chhitij Srivastava
Psychiatry Unit, MLN Medical College,Allahabad - 211 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105552

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Morality (from the Latin word moralitas that means "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and those that are bad (or wrong). It is determined by how one's genetic makeup interacts with the environment. The development of morality has been a subject of investigation for a number of decades, and our understanding of neuro-biological and psychological mechanisms has increased manifolds in the last few decades. Development of morality has been of particular significance to psychiatric literature because of its significant contribution to the development of one's personality and it's aberration in various disorders. Cultures that have been just, equal and moral have been widely accepted and appreciated. In this review, we shall summarize the modern theories of moral development and then look into a part of our past and cultural heritage and review the traditional Hindu concepts of morality and their contribution to development of one's personality and their relevance in the current times.



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