Sunday, September 22, 2013

Does our Physical Type has Any Relationship with Our Behavior?

It is an interesting question whether our physique influences our behavior or not and if yes, how and in what way does it do that. We are interested to know whether different physical traits are directly linked to difference in behavior. The answer probably is that they are and they are not. As between different species of the animal and plant world, structure and functions are closely correlated. A dog does not behave like a cat.
Stout an chubby people may hate exhaustive activities like  playing hockey, running, travelling etc. Similarly slim people may not like laziness and they might be taking part in fast and quick activities like running, jumping, cricket and hockey etc. The difference in human behavior are not directly linked to physical traits of the individuals but they are influenced by the specific priorities set by the individuals according to their physical structures. In functionality of mind and internal body parts, we can say, human beings show
less difference on the grounds of physical types.

Among human beings, a child behaves differently from an adult in several respects and their structures are different. Children laugh and cry more and sit still for shorter periods of time. Men and women have anatomical differences, and their behavior is different. But it is difficult to prove that the behavior of women id unlike that of men on physiological grounds, apart from cultural reasons. For instance, women’s supposedly greater modesty may be due to habit and social valuations rather than to any anatomical distinction.

More difficult to find are examples of changes in behavior due to geographical modifications of bodily traits. There is no correlation between shape of head, or size of head, and intelligence. A person with a longish head behaves in the same way as do a man with a round head.  A person with a narrow opening to his nose behaves the same as do a person with a broad opening, except perhaps in breathing.

There is not very much evidence to indicate a change in behavior as a result of physiographic modifications of bodily traits. The most promising lead is the effect of inadequate diet on structure and hence on behavior. A person with a deficiency of calcium who has rickets  is not likely to engage in athletic activity. Such cases may be found in individuals and in families, but a general geographic influence of this kind on a large number of individuals would be difficult to find. A famine weakens and kills, but generally does not last long as an influence on the physical constitution of a people.

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