Your face and hands: reflections of your personality
For a very long time – since the Sumerian typology dating back to 5000 years – humans have believed that their face and hands reflect the spirit that animates them. These anatomical features reveal something unique, very personal, that we would sometimes hide. Moreover, the expression “show face” evokes the choice to be vulnerable.
Today, these revelations have become a “science” called morphopsychology. What exactly does it mean? Morphopsychology is the psychology of forms or your body shape. Here, we seek to understand the personality from the face.
Slender, tall or squat, your body tells you
What does your figure tell you? Outside the criteria of beauty and fashion, your entire body structure reveals who really lives in your carcass. It is easily recognized: each body part reveals an aspect of the soul, since the body is an extension of the soul – and these are both sides of the same reality.
We all do read faces
Watch yourself: Even before a verbal exchange, you would probably have analyzed your interlocutor’s face in detail. We all do it unconsciously. It’s an old reflex linked to our survival instinct. We tend to evaluate a potential danger: Who is the other person? Is he friendly or malevolent?
According to morphopsychology, rather than genetics, our physical appearance tends to influence our perceptions. How? Our repetitive thoughts often generate the same emotions that create attitudes that manifest as physical characteristics. Over time, our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, become automatic, end up shaping our appearance. Thus our general countenance betrays even our most secret thoughts.
Links with the Enneagram
In morphopsychology, data on three floors of the face can be adjusted to the gate of the Enneagram. In the Treaty of the soul, Aristotle, for whom soul and body are closely related, distinguished three levels: the vegetative soul, the sensitive soul and the rational soul. These three stories are linked to the three layers of our brain, a major concept in the Enneagram.
The lower (mouth and jaw), refers to the reptilian brain, talking about the practicality and connects us to our roots. Interestingly, there is often (not always, the mystery man) more pronounced in visceral types (8, 9, 1).
The intermediate stage (cheeks and nose), referring to the limbic brain, reflects our emotional and social skills, our ability to connect us to the next. Often dominant in relational types (2, 3, 4).
The upper (forehead and eyes), more developed in the intellectual types (5, 6 and 7) denotes the intensity brain, logic, sense of self.
As is the case for all grids, the danger is to lock up the first time. It is therefore very important to address this knowledge with empathy, with “inside” with a mind and heart open to differences. It’s about understanding the language of our own body and to better decode it.