How to analyze people on sight: Book Review


This book written by Elsie and Ralph Lincoln Benedict is an interesting and helpful guide to understand the basic human quality of a person by closely observing his body. Once the basic type is understood , it is easy to deal with the person in a suitable manner.

The key to mastering this analysis is concentration and practice.


Five pure types


There are five pure types which are the result of over development of one of the biological systems of the body. 

1. The Alimentive- The nutritive system here is overdeveloped. A person with this body type can be called ‘the enjoyer’. The physical description is fat, round face with immature features , small feet and a rounded body outline. 

The Alimentive is desirous of comfort , lives to eat and make merry. He believes in life is what you make it theory and is the life of the party with funny stories and a pleasant manner. He avoids any conflict and likes complacence. He is considered to be the ‘baby ‘ among all other types. He is unaware of what’s going on behind his back. He doesn’t bother with non personal issues.

His strengths are  harmony , peace loving nature and optimism

His weaknesses are over indulgence , laziness and inertia.


2. The Thoracic: The circulatory system here is overdeveloped. A person with this body type can be called ‘the thriller’. The physical description is high chest, kite shaped face, long pointed palms, stately manner  and extraordinary grace.

The thoracic is desirous of Admiration . He is highly emphatic. He is generally the best dressed in the room . He has highly developed senses and  portrays various emotions rapidly. He is a good actor and generally a good singer. He is very interested in people , a charming conversationalist. Impression on other people to him is most important.

His strengths: Quick physical energy , adaptability, social skills

His weaknesses: Super sensitiveness and excitability, irresponsibility.


3.The Muscular : the muscle system is highly…

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