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Asthenic

 

a man with a constitution characterized by tall-ness, leanness, a long neck, a longitudinally extended skull, and a narrow and sharply outlined face. The German scientist E. Kretschmer linked the asthenic type with specific temperamental and character traits—an abnormal sensitivity coupled with coldness, nervousness and awkwardness, un-sociableness, and a tendency to “withdraw into oneself.” Today this notion of links between the asthenic constitution and the aforementioned character traits is under critical review, as is Kretschmer’s whole theory.

REFERENCE

Kretschmer, E. Stroenie tela i kharakter. Moscow-Petrograd, 1924. (Translated from German.)

A. M. VEIN and A. N. LEONT’EV

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