To be completely transparent about my level of comfort about the topic of
Morphopsychology, I would have to admit that this is the first time that I came across the word.
Therefore, I had to read about it for me to understand even just a little bit about its concept.
Although the time I spent reading about the topic was too far from the level of intensity that scholars have devoted to the study of this field, I guess I might still be able to share a few insights.
Morphopsychology aims to explain people’s behavior, disposition, and thought processes using understanding their facial features. Its authenticity is anchored on genetic determinism or the idea that the character of their genes controls people’s attitudes and behaviors.
Accordingly, the way people react to particular problems in life, the avenue by which they express love or the process through which they weigh sides and make decisions, and all sorts of human emotions and reactions, have something to do with their facial features.
Looking Back To My Roots
As a young kid, I would wonder why we had two ears and not three so we could hear each other more. I was amazed why one nose needs to have two holes for the nostrils when we could have just one air pipe, like a straw. I thought why we were given only two eyes and not be able to see sometimes, while insects had a lot, which is why they can see through the dark.
As I grew older, my thoughts shifted from weird to real, particularly about people’s physical differences. I started to ask why I had a less pointy nose than my dad, or why my lips were wider than my mom’s. I used to ask why my parents were tall while I was just average.
Soon enough, questions on physical differences started getting more profound. Eventually, I did not only see surface-level nuances. I saw deeper, more difficult to unwrap, differences in the heart. I began asking how my mom would sometimes quickly go from calm to angry by things which do not easily anger my dad, or how some of my friends would blissfully laugh despite a failed exam while I could hardly even smile.
Given that people are different both at the physical and emotional level, could there be a link between them? Could people’s behavior and disposition be traced back to a particular physical feature that might explain it? Or the other way around, could a physical feature foretell a specific pattern of behavior? I guess this is why the study of Morphopsychology has attracted a lot of scholars for deeper analysis.
“Recent studies have found that the human face can also convey essential characteristics that make us who we are,” writes Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., Ed.M.
“The link between facial features and character may be tenuous at best, but that doesn’t stop our minds from sizing other people up at a glance,” adds Alex Todorov, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology.
Further, David Ludden, Ph.D., writes, “Although first impressions are notoriously prone to error, we just can’t stop ourselves from making them — and it only takes a tenth of a second to form a judgment about another person’s character, even from a still photograph.”
Moving Forward To New Learnings
Personally, this idea that people’s facial features tell something about the more profound aspects of their personality makes me just marvel at how intelligently the human body was designed. I have always been a strong supporter of the Creationism theory– that above everything in creation, there is one Architect who was able to brilliantly put together the pieces of the human body into one masterpiece.
Right now, just me finding out that there is a particular field of study dedicated to exploring this intricate link between the human features and real behavior, makes me want to learn more about it as I continue to stand in awe of such a beautifully designed creation.