Bob giving an introduction into his theory of 16 Genetic Personality Types.
More than 30 years ago, I identified what I call Genetic Personality Types, 16 of them. I call them The 16 Geniuses. Let me tell you how that happened. What happened for me was that I was spending time as a director of a nonprofit kinesiological institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I was trying to discover how to move better. I had been trained by some really incredibly talented people, and they were amazing to be with. But I wasn't developing at the rate or even getting the results that I thought I should get from being with those amazing people. And I thought to myself, I think I'm smart enough, and I'm willing to work hard enough, I think, so why am I not getting better? They they must not know I don't know for sure, and they must not know otherwise they could get me to do that. So then I thought, well, where do you go? Well you go to the Medical Library, and you start reading about all the bones of the bodies and all the muscles in the body and the nervous system, and you start finding out what everybody else knows about developing movement of the body. And what I concluded after four years of doing that, I'm an autodidact, I like studying things myself, and then bridging into what the world knows about it. And so after four years, I realized, Western medicine at this current time, I don't find it very particularly successful at rehabilitation or teaching people how to move well. I think a lot of people are talented, and then they do well and they get a bunch of help, but I don't think people really know how to fix people if things are broken and stuff. And so I concluded that and I had was loving what I was learning about all that at the same time, and then I got hit by a car at 70 miles an hour as pedestrian. And then I had to figure it out. And so a friend of mine actually helped me out by getting me to swim. And I started swimming and jogging a lot. And I did that for 12 years, an excessive amount of that to try to rehabilitate my body. And I did get super fit, but it didn't fix my body really. So then I decided I should, I should figure this out. So what I did was, I went to, I spent my life savings on going to the best orthopedic and people on the country, in the United States. And I kind of confirmed what I knew and what they knew and, what they didn't know and what I knew they didn't know, and I was looking for the answers. And the conclusion was is that people really didn't know how muscles naturally stretched, or how to really create flexibility. It seems like the people that were flexible, were doing something I didn't know about and other people don't know about. So at that time, by the way, I had read a story about a plumber, and he wanted to be a millionaire. So he told his wife, I'm gonna sit in this chair in the kitchen, until I figure out how to come up with an idea to be a millionaire. And what he came up with was the idea that, you know, when you play tennis and the balls after a while, lose the air inside of the tennis ball. Well, he figured out how to put it a canister in the balls, and when you twisted shut, it pushes air into the tennis balls and brings them back to life. Made him a millionaire. I thought I could do the same thing with figuring out how to stretch. I'll just sit on the ground in a position, that other people have good range of motion and I don't, and I'll wait and wait until it happens, and my body shows me how to naturally stretch and become flexible. So that's what I did. And one day I was sitting on the ground with my legs wide and my head went all the way down to the ground in front of me, that had never happened in my entire life. And then I sat back up and I was like, okay, I'm ready for this to happen again. And it didn't happen, because I didn't know how it happened. And then the next day, I sat there again, and I was waiting, and it seemed like 100 years had passed. And all of a sudden, I started going forward, and I knew exactly that the muscles on the inside of the back of my legs were stretching, in order to give me the range to go forward. But I didn't. But I could feel they were contracting when they were stretching. I was like, well, that doesn't make any sense. Muscles don't contract when they stretch, they relax to stretch. But no, they were contracting. And the more they contracted, the more range of motion I got. So then I flipped up into a balancing position with my lower legs bent under me and I bent backwards. And when I bent backwards, I went all the way back to the ground, I'd never done that before. My quads got a great stretch. And then I realized, I better push even harder, I'm not gonna be, I'm gonna hurt my back. And so I set up and I was like, I figured out how muscles stretch, they have to contract. And then that's in fact how all animals stretch too. You know how they do it, they reach for it, and then they go, like that. That's the contraction when they stretch. And you know, in the morning, you do that you reach up and then you go, like that you contract your muscles when you stretch. So then because of the knowledge I had from studying, I created, stretches, first of all by just squirming around on the ground and figuring out how to get a natural position to stretch. And then it turned into a theory of eight muscle groups, how to stretch them in the lower body and the upper body, because you have to move in eight directions. Forward and backward, inside and outside, and the two separate diagonals, both directions. So that's eight for your upper and lower body, turned into a model, a biomechanical model to how to, rehabilitate my body and I started doing that. And I was getting great results. And when I would get into a stretch position, say to stretch my quad, after a while my lower leg would have to get involved and my foot, and my trunk, and my shoulders, my neck, and my head and, and I would finish these stretch positions, and I found out they were all yoga poses. I had no idea, I had never stretch studied yoga before. So then I was like, okay, so then I started stretching more and looking for more muscle groups, and they all turn into yoga poses actually. But, I wasn't doing yoga the way people were doing it, other people were just kind of getting into extreme ranges. And what I was doing was I was, the muscles were contracting greater and greater, the further I went into a stretch position, and then I was finally in what they call a yoga pose, but my body was generating significant tension to actually be in that range of motion. And so when I did that, that was really great. And then one day I was stretching my lateral hamstring, I was stretching, my bladder contracted. Well, that didn't make any sense to me at all. It's like why would my bladder be associated with my lateral hamstring? And so I called my friend on the phone that was from California, and she knew about Chinese medicine. And she said to me, that's the bladder energy channel in Chinese medicine. I was like, I don't really wanna know that. And so I got off the phone and I stretched my lateral quad. And when I stretched my lateral quad, my stomach, my real stomach contracted. And I called her up and I said, hey, Evelyn, do do they have a Stomach Meridian? And she said, they do. And I said, is it on the back of my shoulders? And she said, no, it's in your quad. And I said, yeah, that's where I found it too. I'll call you back. And then I stretched another muscle group associated, on the back inside of my leg and my pancreas area contracted. And lo and behold, that's the Pancreas Meridian in Chinese medicine. So I don't know how Chinese figure that out, but I knew that when I stretch certain muscles, that it was affecting my organs. Now, that might sound weird to people, but if you're hit by a car at 70 miles an hour, you got a lot of organ problems, not just biomechanical issues. So you're more organ sensitive than most people. And it wasn't subtle these feelings I was having. So I was even happier than the biomechanical changes, I was now getting physiological changes. I think you can tell by looking at me that I don't look like Mel Gibson. And people in Boston are really attracted to that look in a male. And one morning I was stretching and I walked outside, and every single man and woman hit on me, that had never happened in my whole life. And I ran back home and I thought to myself, these stretches are not just biomechanically upgrading me, these stretches are not just physiologically upgrading me, but they're developing parts of my personality. Well, I needed that because I was very psychologically disturbed understatement of the century from the tragic automobile accident, my friend and myself I were in. So I started staying in stretch positions all day, except when I was eating and doing other things people do. And I would write down like a scientist, what happened to me when I was doing those stretches. So I would get into a particular stretch position, and I did it every day, sometimes for a month. And I would be like, every time I get in the stretch, I started looking at red and I'm not normally looking at red. And then it'd be like, every time I do this stretch, I feel my tendons more than my muscles, normally, I'm feeling my muscles. And so I started mapping out how this stretches affected my perception of the world outside, my perspective, my insights into myself and physiological stuff that was happening. And it turned into a huge database of how different stretches started developing me, my personality traits. And that turned into because I have eight muscle groups in my lower body, and eight in my upper body into 16 personality types. That's, that's wild because psychology at the present time doesn't think they're personality types, they think there's trait development. Well, types are different. Well, I knew, based on what I was doing that these were kind of an organic phenomena, they were coming out of the physical body, and I knew that I was a particular type after doing all those stretches, because I wasn't really like the other personalities, I was morphing into when I did these different stretches. And so then there was one way to test that, you need to test identical twins that have been separated from birth, for a number of years. So that's what I did. I found a couple pairs of identical twins, and I lied to them, and I told them, I was testing them for flexibility, which I was, but really, I was trying to see if they were the same personality type, and they were. And then, years later, we went to the Twins Conference in Twinsburg, Ohio in August, where thousands of fraternal and identical twins show up, and we interviewed identical twins, and in fact, if they're truly identical twins, they've the same genetic personality type. So that's kind of who would ever guess that in the process of rehabilitating my body physically, that in the process of doing that, besides my body being healed, by me stretching and other people assisting me, that I would also facilitate, healing my body physiologically, but start developing my personality in very specific ways. It turned into four groups of types, thinking types, physical types, emotional types, and spiritual types, and four different kinds in each one of those. And each one of those was associated with a particular muscle group and a certain organ function. I didn't think that up. That's what happened to me by physically stretching. So that's how personality types developed initially, and then after that, I started interviewing lots of people to find out because I would know what type of person was because I'd become that type when I did a particular stretch, so I knew what type the person was. And I would start asking him about the traits I had discovered in myself when I did that particular stretch. And then I started collecting that information. And now I have it years later, more than 30 years later. That database is gigantic, in terms of the information on types. There's high traits, there's low traits, there's defense mechanisms, there's particular stretches for that type, there's how that type how each type integrates through the four parts of themselves, there's how they balance, there's what's their nature of the relationship with all the other types. It's now a huge database with layers and layers and layers of information. And in this fall in 2020, the book comes out "The 16 Geniuses: Sixteen Genetic Personality Types" and the web page. And I think what's about to happen at the same time is that you'll be able to use your phone and take a photo of somebody, and if they agree, we'll send you 40 pages of information on their genetic personality type. That's not them, that's their type. Takes a long time to know a person, takes a moment to type them. And when you do, you can find out anything you wanna do, different types are great at different things. So now you know much better about who to get to do what with when you wanna do things. And even more importantly, it explains why you feel and think the way you do when you're around different people. And that's a whole other story. So I just wanted to introduce you to the concept of that, "The 16 Geniuses: The Sixteen Genetic Personality Types" was developed from my physical body, from stretching my own body. It wasn't from me taking these different, concomitant databases and putting them together. It was experienced through my own body, and by working with other people. That's how it works. There's now centers in Boston, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara where trainers are really developed and know about personality types, and know how to work on people. And the web page, The Genius of Flexibility, you can learn all kinds of stretches and develop these different personalities in yourself and know other people. Welcome to The 16 Geniuses.