Judging a book by its cover: What does your face reveal about your personality?

What do Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism look like? Now we know, thanks to Science.

Composite photos of individuals high in narcissism were in fact judged as narcissistic. Same with psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

“The results indicated that unacquainted observers reliably detected the dark triad composite… not only is the dark triad a set of psycho-social characteristics — it may also be a set of physical — morphological characteristics.”

Here are the photos.

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I tried these on my students and they were indeed able to tell who was what, especially the female psychopath.

Probably wouldn’t get many babysitting jobs

What do you think your face says to the world?

Me, I think I’d rather not know. I just keep smiling and hope no one notices anything bad.
By the way, the “narcissist” in the featured photo is the composite on your right.

An earlier version was published on Jane Reads