Your face is an amazing thing. Put together by many millions of years of evolution, it is designed with fascinating precision. Eyes, nose and mouth fit into a wondrous collection of essential sensory organs, not only allowing for keen observation, but also happening to be attractive to behold. At least to other humans.
However, it turns out that there may be much more to our faces than we care to believe. Recent reports have revealed that our facial features may just be literal windows into our personalities. This is according to Australian researcher Alan Stevens, who had a great deal to say about what our facial features might reveal when looked at closely.
According to him, there is a great deal of statistical evidence to support the notion, and he isn’t alone in thinking that our faces are a lot more than just a sum of working parts.
Facial Feature Perceptions
One thing that is true, before even diving into the deeper levels, is that a trustworthy face goes a long way. A researcher at Northumbria University, Carmen Lefevre, conducted experiments on how likely we are to trust others, based on nothing but their faces. According to Lefevre’s research, American presidents won over research participants simply by having facial features that were perceived as being trustworthy.
This alone indicates how important facial features are, which is significant for a number of reasons, not in the least for the value it might hold in something as simple as playing poker. After all, a good poker face goes a long way, especially when you’re able to hide your tells in business and while playing an actual poker game. Fear not though, if you don’t think you’ve mastered the perfect poker face, there are plenty of other games like online slots that don’t rely on your ability to mask the emotions on your face.
It turns out that just the shape of your face may reveal details about your behaviour. Studies have found that wider faces and bigger cheekbones have a link to high testosterone levels, which in turn are linked to aggression levels. The explanation for this, theoretically, is that those with higher bone density are evolutionary better geared to handle conflict.
Having a gold, or slightly yellow tinted skin is often linked to good health. Why? Simply because the number of fruits and vegetables eaten has a tendency to reveal itself in skin tone, via this specific tint. Hence, there is a solid link between golden toned skin, and excellent health.
Although less scientifically based than other observations on this list, a book titled the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery published in 2013, made a few bold claims about personality types tied to shapes of noses. It should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, but apparently those with big noses are born leaders, while those with long noses are intuitive and decisive.
It seems that there may be some serious evidence to the notion that eyes are the windows to the soul. At the Swedish Orebro University studies were done to link personality types to eyes, with some interesting results.
According to their findings, the clusters in the iris, around the pupil, had common patterns in certain personality types. Densely packed clusters tended to be found in those with warm, tender personalities, but less tightly packed clusters were apparently a sign of a slightly more neurotic personality type.
Meanwhile, researchers in Boston also revealed what they thought the eyes were saying. Dark eyes are an indication of a higher presence of melanin, which is actually what gives eyes their darker shade in the first place. Melanin is associated with quicker, more efficient brain functions and thus dark eyed people are smarter. Women with lighter eyes, however, apparently experience less pain during childbirth.
These findings can be taken with a pinch of salt, but it’s endlessly fascinating to see what others think about our faces and how they read them.