The face or looks, the personality and the soul have a complicated relationship. The biggest question, in fact, is where does personality end and soul begin? If you say that soul is about spirituality or religion, then it could be said that being a good person or doing good deeds is part of your personality. Given that we believe that soul and personality are linked and somewhat hard to separate.
Can we get clues for soul and personality from faces, or overall looks?
Many researchers do indicate that participants are successfully able to identify some personality traits of a person by just looking at him or her. In one study, participants were supposed to rate each other on extraversion and openness to experience, by sitting in silence with each other for 15 minutes. Therefore, it is not possible that the person talked and revealed his or her personality. It turns out that people were able to give very accurate judgements. This was cross-checked by our personality traits!
Personality traits of leaders
As we have seen, certain looks as well as personality traits are also preferred in leaders. Leaders, who look trustworthy, competent and dominant, are chosen both for companies and countries. People with softer and rounder features can be found in caring professions. Is this mere coincidence?
Role of testosterone in leadership or aggression
One plausible explanation is the role of evolutionary psychology and the chemicals and hormones linked with it. For example, testosterone in a person can mean either aggression or leadership. It essentially acts as fuel for high-power tasks. Testosterone also means that a person has higher cheekbones and wider jawbones. This could be because the in the hunter-gatherer days of humans, those men who needed to go hunting, needed wider and stronger bones as well as the chemical fuel of testosterone to do their task well.
We intuitively know this connection and therefore we attribute aggression and dominance to men whose faces meet the above characteristics. We perhaps know this because in the Stone Age days, knowing that the person you meet is aggressive or not could be very helpful and a great deciding factor in your own survival.
What type of face women choose for dating?
Women tend to prefer men with both masculine and feminine features, like a mix of hard edges to the face and sensual lips or soft eyes. This, to them, suggests the perfect level of aggression required in a mate, not too much, not too little. Similarly, we are also able to tell when a person is young and healthy, from their skin tone, the glow of their eyes and their general features. From the view of mate selection, this is important knowledge.
“If you are searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.”
So in conclusion, some personality traits and soul characteristics are indeed linked to the way we look. However, most of this is due to human evolution and the role of certain chemicals in the same. But human beings after all, are very complex, and a minute relation of each aspect of looks to each aspect of personality has not been made yet and does not seem likely. It does not look like everything can be inferred from face or looks.
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