Meaning of Amorphous


Amorphous is an adjective that derives from the Greek language and that refers to that which lacks a fixed or stable form. This is a characteristic that substances in the gaseous or liquid state especially have.

The amorphous is linked to the absence of periodic and ordered structures of ions or atoms. In this sense, there are amorphous solids like glass: their molecules do not have a regular arrangement. In this way, the glass takes the shape of the mold in which it solidifies.

Take the case of water. This substance, whose chemical formula is H2O, when it is in a liquid state is clearly amorphous: it adapts to the shape of the container that contains it. The water can be stored in a rectangular, round or triangular container, to name a few possibilities.

When the water solidifies and turns into ice, it takes the shape of the container. If we put water in an ice chest (also known as an ice bucket) and leave it for a few hours in a freezer, the resulting pieces of ice will take the cubic shape of each of the small compartments, and hence they are known in everyday speech as ice cubes. of ice.

The amoebae, moreover, are amorphous microorganisms. This unicellular protist does not have cell walls, a feature that makes its shape change constantly and is not stable.

The dictionary prepared by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) also mentions that the amorphous adjective can be applied to the person who does not have their own character, but that their behavior and thoughts are influenced by the interference of others. This is related to the field of characterology, a methodical knowledge of the human being that allows us to distinguish each of the others from those traits that make it original.

The study of characterology has various applications, such as the investigation of criminal acts. When this knowledge is applied to the field of criminology, it is possible to accelerate and direct a process, through meticulous observation of the actions of the criminal in order to understand his character and thus anticipate his plans. It is worth mentioning that the characterology also serves to understand the behavior of groups of people who share interests or behavioral traits.

The characterology, therefore, allows establishing a classification of the different types of characters that a human being can have. According to the French psychologist and philosopher René Le Senne, author of the ideo-existential philosophy, we can distinguish eight character profiles, which are: nervous, passionate, choleric, sentimental, sanguine, phlegmatic, apathetic and amorphous.

Returning to this last type of character, we can say that its most outstanding feature is laziness, which appears in a deep and deep-rooted way. These are those people who do not spend part of their time reflecting on the future or the consequences that their actions may have, but rather live the present and focus on meeting their needs with the least possible effort.

Amorphous individuals have great difficulty in refusing the influence of others, and this can lead them to commit acts of various natures; In a kidnapping case, for example, this personality is common in the person they designate to hold the victim and take care of bringing the food.

Amorphs are generally great procrastinators, delaying their obligations until the last minute. Similarly, they avoid overly demanding tasks by all means and seek to take advantage of the efforts of others. As if this were not enough, they sleep too much and have no practical sense.