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ātmavādopādāna (P. attavādupādāna; T. bdag lta nye bar len pa; C. woyu qu 我語取) is translated as "clinging to the concept of self," "clinging to the doctrine of self," "clinging to the personality-belief," etc. It is one of the four types of clinging (upādāna).

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma states:

Clinging to a doctrine of self is the adoption of personality view (sakkāyadiṭṭhi), the identification of any of the five aggregates as a self or the accessories of a self. The Suttas mention twenty types of personality view. These are obtained by considering each of the five aggregates in four ways, thus: “One regards materiality as self, or self as possessing materiality, or materiality as in self, or self as in materiality.” The same is repeated with respect to feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness. (See e.g. M. 44/i,300.)[1]

Buddhist Dictionary states:

What is the clinging to the personality-belief? The twenty kinds of ego-views with regard to the groups of existence (see sakkāya-diṭṭhi): these are called the clinging to the personality-belief.”[2]


  1. Bhikkhu Bodhi 2000, s.v. Chapter XII. Compendium of Categories.
  2. Nyanatiloka Thera 2019, s.v. upādāna.