Kretschmer constitutional type

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Any of the four basic body types, each associated with its own distinctive pattern of personality characteristics, in the theory propounded by the German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964) in his book Körperbau und Character (1948, Body Build and Character). See asthenic body type, athletic body type, dysplastic body type, pyknic body type. Compare Sheldon's constitutional psychology.

Subjects: Psychology.

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