Personality traits and appearance

Apparently, We’re All A Little Bit Face-ist –

Interesting study but some problems.

For instance, levels of hormones will affect both facial characteristics and personality.

So the study pre-supposes something that is incorrect, that there is no correlation between appearance and personality.

That said, what should be studied is accuracy in prediction. 

In some cases prediction may be worse than chance for most, but some people may have unusual skill in reading them.

Con artists for instance are probably ruthlessly effective at looking friendly and reliable.    They are probably also unusually good at figuring out who would be a good mark.

People that have an occupation involving reading people may also be more proficient.


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