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What Your Face Shape Could Be Saying About Your Personality

It's not an exact science, but you may be able to learn a lot about someone's personality just from their face shape and characteristics.

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If you have a heart-shaped face…

…You’re wild in the bedroom. A heart-shaped face might mean something about your sex life, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Men and women with shorter, wider faces reported being more sexually motivated and having a stronger sex drive than people with faces of other dimensions, the researchers found.

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If you have a square face…

…You’re a CEO whose dream job is in the WWE. Men with broad foreheads and square faces were more likely to be perceived as aggressive, dominant, and unethical, according to the ASB study. This combination of ruthless drive and risk-taking makes for good leaders, like CEOs, but would be equally appropriate in the wrestling ring. One possible connection: These are also three of the 13 signs of a psychopath.

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If you have a round face…

…You might snore like a chainsaw in a tunnel. Round faces may look more innocent, but they’re also more likely to drive you nuts at bedtime. People with round face shapes are more prone to snoring, even after accounting for age, sex, and obesity, according to a study done by Case Western Reserve University. Fact: Nearly half of adults snore; so even if your face is long and thin, you’re not off the hook.

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If you have a diamond-shaped face…

…You’d make an awesome neighbor. Do people often tell you that you just seem dependable and upright? Chances are you have a face shape and features considered “average”, and in the U.S. that often means a diamond-shaped face, with prominent cheekbones, and a narrower jawline and chin. People trust those with average faces more than people with unique features, even if they consider those other people to look very beautiful or strong, according to a study published in Psychological Science. It may have an evolutionary explanation, helping keep people with their tribe. Check out these free personality tests.

 

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If you have a oval-shaped face…

…You could win beauty pageants. Having an average-looking mug might make people want to be your best friend but if you want them to drool over you, it’s better to have a face shape and structure that is slightly different than what is considered typical for your culture, the same study found. Your face is just one measure of beauty and not even the most important one.

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If you have a rectangular face…

You’re a strong, powerful leader. People with traditionally “strong” faces—high cheekbones, wide foreheads, and prominent jaws—are seen as being more powerful and in control than people with longer, narrower faces, according to a study published in Psychological Science. And this bears out in the real world. The researchers found that companies headed by people with this face shape were more financially successful than companies with long-faced CEOs.

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If you have big eyes…

…Your life’s motto is “go along to get along.” If you have high eyebrows combined with a short forehead, you’re more likely to be agreeable, according to a Chinese study in Psychology Today. Raised eyebrows and wide eyes are typically associated with openness so it makes sense that people who have these features naturally would be presumed to be willing to please. P.S. Wearing comfy shoes is also a sign of agreeableness, according to these 12 tiny habits that reveal a lot about your personality.

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If you have a heart-shaped face…

…You’re a people person. Introversion and extroversion are often considered a core piece of someone’s personality, defining what they enjoy and how they make relationships. And you may be able to read this trait in their face, say the Chinese scientists. Women who have a more protruding nose and lips, a recessive chin and smaller jaw muscles are seen as more outgoing and extroverted while those with a flatter nose and more prominent jaw may be natural introverts. Here’s what your voice says about your personality.

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If you have a rectangular or diamond-shaped face…

…You might need anger management classes. Observers shown pictures of men were able to gauge how aggressive each man was simply by looking at their face—even if they saw the picture for less than one second, according to research done by Brock University. The men had been previously ranked for aggressive behavior and the volunteers’ visual assessments correlated highly with those rankings. The big tip-off? How wide the man’s face was; the wider the face, the more aggressive they were presumed to be. This can also be one of the 13 personal details your house reveals about your personality.

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If you have an oval face…

…You’re good at seeing the big picture. Strangely, your face shape may also be correlated with your problem-solving and focusing skills, according to the Psychological Science research. People with faces that are nearly equal in width and height are more likely to be perceived as powerful and those who feel powerful tend to look at the big picture rather than focusing on small details and are also better at staying on task, the scientists noted.

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Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen, BS, MS, has been covering health, fitness, parenting, and culture for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 15 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast, and also does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She has appeared in television news segments for CBS, FOX, and NBC.