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    Default A physical development theory for personality types

    I was looking at Project Gutenberg top 100 downloads and this book is ranked 1.

    How to Analyze People on Sight by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict - Project Gutenberg

    In a quick view, this is a theory that says individuals exist in five groups, depending on the most developing part in our beginning, probably even before we were born.

    So, according this, we are:

    Cerebral, if we develop the nervous system, existing to think;
    Muscular, existing to act;
    Alimentar, existing to eat;
    Toraxic, if we develop the circulatory system, existing to feel;
    Boney, existing to stabilize.

    And from this, the author explains her theory for 5 personality types.
    Did you know about this? What do you think?

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    It sounds like a modern variant of craniology, palm reading and the like.

    Yes, the shape of someones body will effect their personality, but it isn't linear. A natural weak person may well feel the need to compensate for it, becoming the first to take risks to show strength. The tall and heavy set my be self concious and shy about the way they stand out.

    Basically, the world isn't a simple as these systems like to make out.
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    Um...

    As a result this type makes up most of the immigrants of the world. Italians, Poles, Greeks, Russians, Germans and Jews are largely of this type and these are the races furnishing the largest number of foreigners in America.
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    LOL

    I feel sorry for the people who get Alimentar!

    But yeah, it just sounds like phrenology. Bogus!
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    I didn't know about physical theories for personality, like craniology and others.
    What I found interesting is the easy way to tell people's main unconscious priorities in life, witch would determine much of their personality, and make them also very easily recognizable.
    I guess this lacks some kind of biological explanation in the first place, though.

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    I understand how they sound unscientific, but I'm personally fond of these kinds of old-fashioned typing systems, which I'm quite sure did play a part in Jung's writings. So, thank you for the link, Frederico. I suppose I would be a muscular-cerebral mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Um...
    LOL old-fashioned racism!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederico Rogeiro View Post
    Cerebral, if we develop the nervous system, existing to think;
    Muscular, existing to act;
    Alimentar, existing to eat;
    Toraxic, if we develop the circulatory system, existing to feel;
    Boney, existing to stabilize.
    This theory is correct.



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    Haha, Trentham... I think you belong to the baloon type.

    Haphazard, any theory can be serious or not, but the race card can´t be used to invalue their hypothesis. Theories are supposed to help us to know ourselves better. If somebody tries to use them to racist purposes that's a different issue.

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