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Old 07-20-2009, 08:31 AM
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Default Somatotype Theory - Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph Body Type

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Ectomorph - Endoderm
This is known to develop into the digestive tact which consists of the intestine, stomach. Heart lungs etc. this somatotype is also the innermost layer of the embryo. The personality traits associated with the endoderm body type is tolerance, love, comfort. In a word all the emotions that have to deal with a great deal of affection. The body type is considered to be fat and can easily be overweight. The love for people and the intimate relationship with food is also another trait of this personality.

Mesomorph - Mesoderm
This is the middle layer which in turn develops into the muscle, blood vessels, bone etc. In terms of body shape with this type of somatotype, Sheldon concluded that the physic of this body is all about muscle. These are well defined muscle tones. In terms of personality this relates to very energetic, courageous, active, aggressive, etc. all this can be seen as the personality of the Alpha male.

Endomorph - Ectoderm
This is naturally the last layer. It has its association or develops are that it forms the nervous system, skin and hair. These are people that are considered to be underweight because they are so slim. They are often the intelligent nerds and their personality traits are that highly self-aware therefore they are also very sensitive with an air of an artistic nature to them. In a way they are society’s introverts because of their shy and timid nature.
http://www.gainlose.com/somatotype_theory.html

You've probably heard about somatype theory in regards to personality etc, it's not a new idea.

Another thing in regards to mesomorphs, apparently have thick skin compared to others, grasp the skin on back of your palm, and will tan easily and detan easily, can be very dark or very white depending on sun exposure and sun protection methods.

Anyhow, another thing to take in to consideration regarding these theories on personality type related to bodytype (somatype) is intelligence.

Also, personality is usually formed by influences upon the person at an early age.

Anyhow, consider the following, say you have an extremely smart person of somatype 1-1-7, 1-7-1 or 7-1-1, which would imply the extreme end of endomorph, ectomorph or mesomorph, implying that they would be highly likely to display the traits of that somatype when a psychological profile was conducted on them, that is if faith was put in to the accuracy of the somatype/personality theory.

Now, remember, this person is highly intelligent. A look at traits of someone highly intelligent shows:

http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10102.aspx

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The concept of overexcitability (OE) comes from the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski, (1902-1980) a Polish psychiatrist and psychologist, who developed the Theory of Positive Disintegration as a response to the prevalent psychological theories of his time. He believed that conflict and inner suffering were necessary for advanced development-for movement towards a hierarchy of values based on altruism-for movement from "what is" to "what ought to be." Dabrowski called his work the Theory of Positive Disintegration to reflect the central and positive role disintegration plays in development. He believed that some individuals are predisposed to experience life more intensely and this predisposes them to frequent and severe crisis [sic]. This heightened sensitivity is based on genetic characteristics Dabrowski called developmental potential (Tillier, 1999).
Unrelated to the point I am trying to get out, however, is this psychiatrist/psychologist suggesting that traumatising and abusing a smart person is good for them? Cause conformity/submission via abuse/maltreatment? The theory of post-traumatic growth is one that could be applied here. So they, due to their inherent sensitivities need to be treated harsher than the average person in order to make them perform/behave/work/respond in a manner that is beneficial to the person who is not the smart one? That sounds like psychological trauma, torment, abuse and torture inflicted willingly and knowingly by those around that person under a guise of 'helping' them in order to get them to march to the beat of their drum.

Regardless...

Back to the topic at hand:

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Overexcitabilities
Overexcitabilities (OEs) are inborn, heightened abilities to receive and respond to stimuli. They are expressed in increased sensitivity, awareness, and intensity. Each form of overexcitability points to a higher than average sensitivity of its receptors. As a result a person endowed with different forms of overexcitability reacts with surprise, puzzlement to many things, he collides with things, persons, and events which in turn brings him astonishment and disquietude (Dabrowski, 1964 p.7).
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The presence of OEs result in a real difference in the fabric of life and quality of experience for overexcitable people and those around them.

Dabrowski identified five areas of OE-Psychomotor, Sensual, Intellectual, Imaginational, and Emotional. A person may possess none, one, or many of these. If more than one of these channels, or all five, have wide apertures, then the abundance and diversity of feeling, thought, imagery, and sensation will inevitably lead to dissonance, conflict and tension, but at the same time it enriches, expands, and intensifies the individual's mental development {Piechowski, 1979, p. 29).
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Psychomotor Overexcitability
Psychomotor OE is a heightened excitability of the neuromuscular system. This Psychomotor intensity includes a "capacity for being active and energetic" (Piechowski, 1991, p. 287), love of movement for its own sake, surplus of energy demonstrated by rapid speech, jealous enthusiasm, intense physical activity, and a need for action (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). When feeling emotionally tense, individuals strong in Psychomotor OE may talk compulsively, act impulsively, misbehave and act out, display nervous habits, show intense drive (tending towards "workaholism"), compulsively organize, or become quite competitive. They derive great joy from their boundless physical and verbal enthusiasm and activity, but others may find them over-whelming. At home and at school, these children seem never to be still. They thrive on activity and encourage others to "just do something." They may talk constantly. Adults and peers want to tell them to sit down and be quiet! This Psychomotor OE child has the potential of being misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Compare that to the mesomorph:

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In terms of personality this relates to very energetic, courageous, active, aggressive, etc
Further;

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Sensual Overexcitability
Sensual OE is expressed as a heightened experience of sensual pleasure or displeasure emanating from sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Those with Sensual OE have a far more expansive experience from their sensual input than the average person. They have an increased and early appreciation of aesthetic pleasures such as music, language, and art, and derive endless delight from tastes, smells, textures, sounds, and sights. But because of this increased sensitivity, they may also feel over-stimulated or uncomfortable with sensory input. Gifted children sometimes have difficulty with sorting out all they hear, feel, or smell. Their sensitivity makes them easily distractible. When emotionally tense, some individuals high in sensual OE may overeat, go on buying sprees, or seek the physical sensation of being the center of attraction (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Others may withdraw from stimulation. Sensually overexcitable children may find clothing tags, classroom noise, or smells from the cafeteria so distracting that school-work becomes secondary. These children may also become so absorbed in their love of a particular piece of art or music that the outside world ceases to exist.
Compare that to the ectomorph theory:

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The personality traits associated with the endoderm body type is tolerance, love, comfort. In a word all the emotions that have to deal with a great deal of affection. The body type is considered to be fat and can easily be overweight. The love for people and the intimate relationship with food is also another trait of this personality.
Supertasters..... sensual (enjoying physical sensation (touch) as well as tastes, food, perhaps leading to uncontrolled eating in pursuit of sensory delight of the tastebuds).

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Intellectual Overexcitability
Intellectual OE is demonstrated by a marked need to seek understanding and truth, to gain knowledge, and to analyze and synthesize (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979,1991). Those high in Intellectual OE have incredibly active minds. They are intensely curious, often avid readers, and usually keen observers. They are able to concentrate, engage in prolonged intellectual effort, and be tenacious in problem solving when they choose. Other characteristics may include relishing elaborate planning and having remarkably detailed visual recall. People with Intellectual OE frequently love theory, thinking about thinking, and moral thinking. This focus on moral thinking often translates into strong concerns about moral and ethical issues-fairness on the playground, lack of respect for children, or being concerned about "adult" issues such as the homeless, AIDS, or war. Intellectually overexcitable people are also quite independent of thought and sometimes appear critical of and impatient with others who cannot sustain their intellectual pace. This intellectual intensity seems to cause the greatest difficulty at school and home when children become so excited about learning and thinking that they interrupt or blurt out answers at inappropriate times or are too honest about or critical of others' ideas.
Compare that to the endomorph theory:

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Endomorph - Ectoderm
This is naturally the last layer. It has its association or develops are that it forms the nervous system, skin and hair. These are people that are considered to be underweight because they are so slim. They are often the intelligent nerds and their personality traits are that highly self-aware therefore they are also very sensitive with an air of an artistic nature to them. In a way they are society’s introverts because of their shy and timid nature.
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Imaginational Overexcitability
Imaginational OE reflects a heightened play of the imagination with rich association of images and impressions, frequent use of image and metaphor, facility for invention and fantasy, detailed visualization, and elaborate dreams (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Often children high in Imaginational OE mix truth with fiction, create their own private worlds with imaginary companions and dramatizations to escape boredom. They find it difficult to stay tuned into a classroom where creativity and imagination are secondary to learning rigid academic curriculum. They may write stories or draw instead of doing seat work or participating in class discussions, or they may have difficulty completing tasks when some incredible idea sends them off on an imaginative tangent.
Doesn't have an absolute correlation with any of the somatype theories provided in brief.

Further;

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Emotional Overexcitability
Emotional OE is often the first to be noticed by parents. It is reflected in heightened, intense feelings, extremes of complex emotions, identification with others' feelings, and strong affective expression (Piechowski, 1991). Other manifestations include physical responses like stomachaches and blushing or concern with death and depression (Piechowski, 1979). Emotionally overexcitable people have a remarkable capacity for deep relationships; they show strong emotional attachments to people, places, and things (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977). They have compassion, empathy, and sensitivity in relationships. This sensitivity may lead to interpersonal conflict about the depth, or lack of depth, in a relationship. Those with strong Emotional OE are acutely aware of their own feelings, of how they are growing and changing, and often carry on inner dialogs and practice self-judgment (Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Children high in Emotional OE, are often accused of "overreacting." Their compassion and concern for others, their focus on relationships, as well as the intensity of their feelings may interfere with everyday tasks like homework or doing the dishes because those tasks seem meaningless compared with the needs of humanity.
Now compare that to endomorph and ectomorph:

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Ectomorph - Endoderm
This is known to develop into the digestive tact which consists of the intestine, stomach. Heart lungs etc. this somatotype is also the innermost layer of the embryo. The personality traits associated with the endoderm body type is tolerance, love, comfort. In a word all the emotions that have to deal with a great deal of affection. The body type is considered to be fat and can easily be overweight. The love for people and the intimate relationship with food is also another trait of this personality.
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Endomorph - Ectoderm
This is naturally the last layer. It has its association or develops are that it forms the nervous system, skin and hair. These are people that are considered to be underweight because they are so slim. They are often the intelligent nerds and their personality traits are that highly self-aware therefore they are also very sensitive with an air of an artistic nature to them. In a way they are society’s introverts because of their shy and timid nature.
What do you think?

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Old 07-20-2009, 09:01 AM
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When I learnt about somatotyping, it was just about body composition, nothing more than that.
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