The Rev. Prof. Paul Bouts (1900-1999)
A tribute to a pioneer of modern characteriological analysis, psychognomy and phrenology.
Founder of Psychognomical Characterology
President Emeritus of the Institutes of Psychognomical Characterology of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and Chicoutimi, Canada
Born in Lanklaar, Belgium, on February 27, 1900
Paul Bouts was born in 1900 in the Belgian province of Limburg. From
1924, he teached at the Normal School (pedagogic academy) of Tienen, Belgium.
In this pedagogic environment he specialised in characterological studies
and devised a new method of characterological analysis, which he coined
"Psychognomy" and which was largely based on Phrenology, combined with
Typology and Graphology. This led to his life-work, "La
Psychognomie", initially published in Paris by the "Librairie philosophique
Alcan". It was subsequently translated in Dutch and Portuguese.
After the war, Bouts experienced serious health problems, due to overburdening. These enticed him to study a healthy lifestyle, which he described in his work "Modern Hygiene of Intellectuals" (published in French as "Hygiène Moderne des Intellectuels", and in Dutch under the title "Ik ben nooit moe", i.e. "I am never tired"). He underlined the importance of wholesome, healthy food and of the maintenance of respiratory capacity through exercise. The adoption of this healthy lifestyle allowed him to regain full strength and to lead a productive life until age 99.
In 1967 he established himself on the woody Middelberg hill in Rotselaar, Belgium (in Flemish Brabant, 35 km east of Brussels), where he built the "St. Paul's Home", as well as a reform shop called "Sol & Vita". He continued to publish a number of spiritual works, like "Onze overheerlijke lotsbestemming, het Paradijs" ("Paradise, our marvellous destiny", in Dutch).
Paul Bouts is also keeper of several inventor's patents.
I had the honour and the privilege to meet the Rev. Prof. Bouts several
times, and to assist to his last public course in Psychognomy (1991). I
will honour and remember him as a true master in characterological diagnosis,
to whom I owe my interest and passion in the subject.
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