You are Not a Body-type :042

You are not a Body-type

In my last post I explained what Body-typing IS, in this post I will describe what it IS NOT.

Body-typing identifies patterns. It’s a way of describing. It’s not a label. 

I help people understand their Body-type tendencies so they can break non-helpful habits, and adopt new ones that help them feel balanced.

You have Body-type tendencies, but you are not a Body-type. Just like you may have a disease occurring in your body, but you are not the disease.

Whether it’s your Body-type or a disease it’s wise to refrain from saying “I am this Body-type.” or “I have this disease.”

Former medical school professor and early cell cloning scientist, Bruce Lipton Ph.D. wrote an enlightening book called, The Biology of Belief, describing how the environment influences cellular growth. Experiments showed that even the thoughts of those conducting the experiment would influence the physical outcome of cells. He draws the conclusion that how we think indeed does influence our physical condition. What you think, you become.

This is why I emphasize to be very careful what you say you ARE or HAVE; even something as seemingly innocuous as Body-typing. This is the most challenging aspect of Body-tying to teach. Part of this has to do with the English language.



In some other languages, there are different versions of the verb “to be“. In English we say “I am happy. You are happy. She is happy.” These are examples of the verb “to be” conjugated for I, you and she. But it’s not the fancy conjugation that I’m trying to point out, it’s this: being happy is a temporary state.

For example, if you say in English “I am a woman. You are a woman. She is a woman.” You are using the same verb “to be” and the same conjugations for I, you and she; but being a woman is a biological state that is a permanent condition, as opposed to the temporary state of being happy (current transgender topics aside).

Another way to look at it is the difference between “you are” (temporary state like being happy or sad) or “you ARE” permanent state (like being a man or woman, or where you ARE originally from/where you were born).

If you know Spanish or Portuguese for example, the “to be/are” is “estar” and “to be/ARE” is “ser”.

Similarly, the verb “to have” is a strong linking word like the word we just made-up “ARE”.



Which Body-type you “are” or “ARE”. Why does it matter?

This is more of a philosophical question.

When a person is first seeking to discover solutions to a problem, it seems to help to identify, to label, to have a name for the ailment.

  • “I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which explains my uncontrollable weight problem.”
  • “My wife is a narcissist who will not seek help with me, which is why I cannot be with her anymore.”

When you’re going through troubling times, it feels good to identify the problem and name it. It’s like you’ve been on a long, troublesome hunt and you finally caught the game or found a prized patch of mushrooms after the tiresome search.


The problem is that when you label it, you are stuck with it

When it comes to the health and wellness journey, many of us (especially if you are reading this) are seeking improvement.

As I’ve mentioned in other blogs and podcasts, our thoughts and intentions are very powerful. They are so powerful that our thoughts and intentions can dictate what happens in our lives. (See The Biology of Belief)

The Body-type elements are not meant to be used like labels for diseases. Indeed, I think one should be careful about even labeling themselves with a disease or ailment, but this is for another podcast.


Body-typing is not meant for labeling, it’s a tool.

Like any other tool, you use a tool when it’s helpful, and you pick up and use another tool for another situation. You use the tool, but you are not the tool. The relationship between you and the tool is temporary, as in, “are” not “ARE“.


Getting around language

In the English language there really is no way around it. I am still faced with writing, saying, and asking, “Find out which Body-type you are!”

And at the same time I want to emphasize that while you may experience signs of your primary Body-type your whole life – it’s not a sentencing… things can change.


Change is important

Change is scary to most of us most of the time; more than you may think! Don’t think so? What’s your absolute favorite product for your hair or skin for example. What if the company decided to reformulate. Don’t freak out, they’ll still make the product, they’re just going to tweak it a bit. Yikes, right!? And that’s something relatively minor. Our attachment to the little things illustrates how attached we are to the big things.

But change is important. Without change our lives become stagnant, boring and bit by bit we die.

Bits of us die each day. That’s ok and even good, but we must also renew!


Why you should be more than BE

I know there is so much desire and teaching these days on how to BE; that is, be authentic, to BE YOU!

Let me share something with you, you already ARE YOU! This is a given!

What’s getting in the way is all the little “be’s” and “to be’s” and “are’s” and “am’s” getting in the way of you BEING YOU!

If you mistake yourself for BEING a Body-type rather than just observing your temporary state, you mask, you cloud your TRUE state of BEING… YOU!

Be mindful of what is around you and what IS YOU.

Body-typing is this journey of taking perspective of yourself outside of yourself.


Be flexible and make space to change.

Very little is permanent in this life.

Just like the tree you go through seasons, storms, ailments and regeneration.

Be mindful of what you consider to be permanent, especially diseased or ailing states. Instead of “I have such and such disease.” Say, “I am experiencing this right now, but it can change at any time.” Or, once I am familiar with an audience I will say, “I show signs of this Body-type (right now, usually, etc.) rather than “I am” or “You are” this Body-type.”


 Plain and Simple

Body-typing is a tool. You are not the tool. The tool helps you to gain perspective of yourself to, identify patterns that help you to feel balanced, and those that work against you. You are the sum of your thoughts -so be very mindful of what you think and say. Body-typing is a concept, a way of thinking, to help you gain a helpful perspective on yourself.

You are not a Body-type, but you can think Body-typing.


Learn more:

Take the Body-type Quiz in the right sidebar

Learn more about the foods, exercises and habits that help each Body-type feel more balanced in my book

You-niversal Self-care

Also, check out more blogs and podcasts with Body-typing insights in the archive in the right sidebar.