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June 8, 1946

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JAMA. 1946;131(6):525-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870230031012
Abstract

BODY DISPROPORTIONS AND PERSONALITY  The possible relationship between body build and personality is intriguing. Recently Seltzer1 reported an extensive comparison of physical measurements in relation to dominant personality traits. The work is based on 258 "normal" young men and includes an analysis of the frequency of certain dominant personality traits with relation to a considerable number of body disproportions. The latter included stature tall for body weight, shoulders broad for circumference of chest, head large for size of chest and hands large for body weight. Men with the disproportions mentioned (or one of the seven others of a similar type) were found to have a greater frequency of certain dominant personality traits, indicating lesser stability, lesser integration, greater sensitivity and complexity of personality and lesser capacity for making easy social adjustments. Seltzer states that some of the traits which go with these bodily disproportions are "unstable autonomic functions," "less

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