constitutional theory

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A theory based on somatotyping, which posits that each dimension of somatotype is associated with a set of personality characteristics: endomorphy with affection and sociability; ectomorphy with tenseness, introversion, and a preponderance of artistic and intellectual types; and mesomorphy with typical athletic build, aggressiveness, dominance, and risk-taking. The constitutional theory is generally considered to bean oversimplistic view of personality.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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