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    the stuff is interesting and i appreciate you sharing it, but ugh.

    just reading the biological reasoning for some of it is awful... like that the thoracic type will have bright cheeks and wide and long nose, because their cardiovascular system is so strong. except, nose size/shape is tied to genetic heritage, and isn't always a guarantee that a person will have an easier time breathing, and rosiness of cheeks is also dependent on skin, etc.

    i never fit into these physio-psychological theories, anyway. my body is very muscular type but personality-wise i should be a thoracic/cerebral. i have the same problem with somatotype. i always get ESTP or something.

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    I didn't read it all, Skylights. But I read enough to agree with you that this theory is full of fantasy in their examples.
    One question should be answered at the beginning: Do our physical systems develop that differently?

    None the less, I think there is a strong point in estabilishing some kind of consequence of physical type in personality.
    I believe personality results from every circumstances of our lives. Some may result in patterns, because we all have them (a physical type, a family background, a social background, a place where we live, etc), and some others may not, they are too exclusive (like some things that happen only to us or just a few).

    So, it's very interesting and attractive to patternize such a complex system in a simple and "usable" theory.
    I'm not a specialist, nor I am near to be, but from what I've seen, MBTI is the most realistic and complete theory, but there are pottentially thousands of approaches we can do. And this physical one is very simple and "usable", but - like some old sayings - certainly more empirical (with a intuitive form) than scientific.

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    Sounds legit.

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    From the part about the Alimentive type

    A general rotundity of outline characterizes this type. He is round in every direction. Fat rolls away from his elbows, wrists, knees and shoulders
    So what? A blob?

    Incidently the Alimentive type is probably an example of just how flawed this is. What if someone becomes fat? Do they then change from another type into this one?
    "An upsidedown wire heart
    Being sucked into a periscope
    Still the mind is dull
    Like you need another excuse"

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    at the world, and not a form of knowledge of how the world is….
    .. all our different ways of thinking are to be considered as
    different ways of looking at the one reality, each with some
    domain in which it is clear and adequate….
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