Know Thyself

Who said it first?  It doesn’t matter because it is universally considered excellent advice. Self discovery has been the theme of unlimited stories, sagas, quests, and pilgrimages. Some have a lurking fear that discovering one’s true self means the journey is over. Because the journey is believed to be more interesting than arriving at one’s destination, many are disappointed to be spared the journey.

A lot of people don’t want things explained simply. Unfortunately, I’m going to make this VERY simple.  While the journey may be shortened think about the benefits.  If you discover yourself early in life it is like having an extra life to live.  Instead of spending a lifetime searching a thousand dead-ends, you spend the rest of your life “being your SELF” and giving what you are.

The purpose of this site is to  help you discover your body-type, also known as your somatotype.  Somatotype has been used widely to study the capacity of individuals in the area of athletic achievement.  But it can also be used to project the probable weight patterns of people who have difficulty managing their weight. It’s greatest value is not the information it provides about the physical body.  When correctly understood it  is a treasure chest of information in the area of personality and temperament.

Have you ever looked at your “self” in a mirror?  Yes, that physical body is YOU!  It’s the “bare” facts about YOU. Your clothes are hiding the most important information you can obtain about your SELF.  The somatotype is the most direct answer to the question -WHO ARE YOU?  Let me ask that again.  WHO ARE YOU? Who are you biologically? Who are you genetically?

Perhaps it would be more accurate to ask the question WHO WERE YOU?  Who were you before your parents, teachers (secular and religious), media and peers forced you to make adaptations to fit THEIR mold?  Once you know your exact somatotype, (there are close to 1800 possibilities) suddenly all sorts of mysteries about yourself become explainable.  You will be able to intelligently investigate the various adaptations you’ve made in the course of your life.  You will also begin to understand why you’ve been unsuccessful in making certain kinds of changes.  You will understand clearly what you can say YES to and what you can firmly say NO to.   This simple knowledge acts as a liberating key to self discovery.

Will knowing your somatotype give you shocking insight about your inner self?  Perhaps. However, some people will find out nothing new about themselves.  What they WILL certainly find is objective confirmation about themselves. They will find the explanation of WHY they are the way they are.  SO BE PREPARED FOR THE END OF YOUR QUEST…

 

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NEXT: Somatotype: Definition and Measurement

ABOUT  W. H.  SHELDON
  • “Sheldon considers human beings as they really are -psycho-physical wholes.”
  • “the first serious advance of the science of man since Aristotle”
  • “For the first time the old insights and intuitions about the different kinds of human beings have been clarified and put on a firmly objective and measurable basis.” ___“Aldous Huxley/ A Biography”  Sybille Bedford, 1974
  • “To know himself a man must know his type, know the limitations it imposes, the obstacles it places in the way. For every type there is a corresponding set of obstacles, inborn weaknesses of which the student must become aware. Though he cannot change his type, he can KNOW his type, know his limitations both psychologically and physiologically.”
  • “He who would know his own essence should evaluate both his somatotype and his temperament and learn to estimate these quantities in others.  This is an elegant art, analogous to the ‘feeling for form’ developed by an expert judge of livestock.  The practice encourages the development of objectivity and sharpens observation.” ___“The Master Game” Robert S. De Ropp , 1968
  • “Ectomorphs and endomorphs are clearly as healthy or ‘normal’ as mesomorphs.” ___ “The Journals of A.H. Maslow Vol II.” , 1979
  • “For almost two thousand years our religions have been religions of bodiless souls and our psychologies have been psychologies of bodiless minds.”
  • “Dr. William Sheldon, has done most to bring our attention back to the body as an aid in understanding the differences between persons.” ___Charles Morris “The Open Self” , 1948

 

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