Indicating your face on your personality

As children we are taught to not judge a book by its cover. And this has become more relevant since psychologists are discovering that the face is a window into our hidden secrets.

Even if you're used to put poker face, your features reveal important information about your personality, health, intelligence and sexuality. So when we see a person's face, what say?

The face according to the Greeks

Ancient Greek thinkers were clearly worried by its appearance and how it reflected the spirit, to the point that Aristotle and his followers came to develop a manuscript on the subject. It has the manuscript that "soft hair indicates cowardice and the thickness value". The wide nose, like the cattle, indicated laziness. The fleshy and sensual lips were seen by philosophers as a sign of madness, and it gave them the impression of being a year. Lips thin people were perceived as proud, as lions.

The shape and the character

In our time the reflections of the Greeks have been another plane. "The idea is that our biology, such as genes and hormone levels, influences our growth, and the same mechanisms also shape our character," explains Carmen Lefevre, of the University of Northumbria, United Kingdom.

Lefèvre found that people with high levels of testosterone tend to have wider face and cheeks bigger, just as they also tend to have an assertive and sometimes aggressive personality. The link between the shape of the face and the ability to be a dominant figure is surprisingly widespread: while wider it is the face, the higher the rank in the hierarchy of the group. Keith Welker, at the University of Boulder, United States, recently showed that the average of the width and the length of the face of the 2010 FIFA World Cup players allowed both predict the number of failures that commit midfielders as goals from strikers. To make this measurement, you can compare the distance between the ears with the distance between the top of your eyes (below the eyebrows) and your upper lip. The average proportion is two (the width is twice as high). As reference, we have included a photo of Abraham Lincoln who had a ratio of 1.93.

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Plump cheeks

As you can imagine, your health and your medical history are described in detail on the surface of your face. The amount of fat in the face clearly indicates your physical condition, even better than indicators such as body mass index.

Those with thin faces are less likely to suffer from infections, and when you have them, the disease is less severe than in others. They also tend to suffer less from depression or anxiety, probably because mental health is usually linked with the physical condition in general. For Benedict Jones, of the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, should have a new understanding of the role of fat in the human body.

"What so healthy are has nothing to do with how much fat you have in your body, but where you have that fat", explains Jones.

In his view, people with figure of pera, with greater weight on the hips and back but with flat torsos, tend to be healthier that sound like apples, with spare around the belly rubbers. This is because adipose tissue around the chest to release inflammatory molecules that can affect vital organs.

It is possible that the extent of your face reveals accumulation of fat in the most harmful areas

It is possible that the extent of your face reveals accumulation of fat in the most harmful areas, says Jones, or in fact, it may be that having fat in the face is itself dangerous for some reason.

Color matters

In addition to the aforementioned features, the color of your face also reveals secrets about how healthy you are. Both Jones and Lefevre emphasize that this has nothing to do with the color of a race, but with tones that can provide information about the lifestyle. According to Lefevre, it is believed that a person is very healthy if it has a slight Golden skin tone. Pigments called carotenoids found in vegetables and fruits, and help strengthen the immune system. "When we have eaten enough, carotenoids accumulate in the skin and it takes on a golden hue. We can display them because we have not used them to fight diseases", says the researcher.  

face, self-esteemWhen we have eaten enough skin and we have been free of disease, carotenoids accumulate in the skin, which takes on a golden hue.

In fact, the healthy shine contributes significantly with your physical attractiveness, much more than a visit to a tanning salon. on the other hand, a pink hue is a sign of good circulation product of an active lifestyle, and it may even be a sign of fertility of a woman. Jones investigations show that they reach a light blush when they are at the peak of their menstrual cycle, perhaps because the sex hormone, estradiol, to dilate the blood vessels in the cheeks. This may be one of the small changes that occur in the appearance and behavior of a woman who, together, make make it look more attractive when it is more likely to become pregnant.

Genes and personality

Our appearance is much more than just bones and skin color. And to corroborate this idea, in a recent study a group of scientists asked volunteers to dress their favorite clothes, and that were then taken a picture of the face.

Even when the clothing was not visible in the photo, impartial judges considered that more attractive than in other photos of participants looked. The result is more striking if one takes into account that they asked them to maintain neutral facial expressions. Somehow, their enhanced self-esteem emerged. Our not only faces are the product of biology. We can't change our genes or our hormones, but if we grow our personality and sense of self-worth, may be the mirror of more important things.

Read the original story in English at BBC Future


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