So What Else Does Your Face Say About You? (Part 2)

In Part 1, we learned about some behaviors and personality traits of the people we see everyday based solely on their facial structures and characteristics.  We studied eye shape, eyebrows and brow bones.  We learned that this knowledge can be helpful in many different arenas of life, such as improving your hiring decisions as a manager, improving your people skills to help facilitate your dealings with others, and even aiding in finding a compatible mate!  Read on in Part 2 to see how noses, ears, cheekbones and chins can be distinguishing facial features.

Noses: (have to do with ancestral climates)

Large noses correspond to a healthy ego, and long noses, to ambition.  But large noses could also imply a loner mentality and an independent spirit.

Small-nosed people are more passive and group oriented; play is very important for people with small noses. People with little noses want to blend in.

When the nose comes off the face by over an inch, you have found a trailblazer – he or she likes to do things in new and different ways.  He or she dislikes routine and following the herd.

Flatter-nosed people are content living life the way it has always been lived. They prefer the old-fashioned way of things and are less likely to adapt to change quickly.

A fleshy nose is considered a sign of materialism.  If the nose is bulbous, the bearer overindulges in the physical world and its pleasures.

Thin-nosed, or narrow-nosed, people value ideals over money.  They care more about quality than quantity.

When the bridge of the nose is wide, it is a sign of extra energy for making money.  Money comes in more easily and in larger quantities.  When the bridge is narrow, there is less energy for working, and physical labor is out of the question.  Also, money comes to people with narrow-bridged noses in small increments.

A bump on the bridge of the nose is a sign of someone who wants to be in charge. This kind of person is not a good follower but makes a good leader.

If the nose turns up at the end, the bearer is more of a follower.

Nostrils also matter.  The wider the nostrils, the more easily this individual spends time, money and energy.  The narrower the nostrils, the more this person wants value for his or her money.  He or she enjoys buying things on sale. This person holds on to money and energy. (Bridges, 146-154)


Also, glance at the person’s ears. If the ears are situated close to the head or appear pinned back, this person is very compliant. If someone’s ears stick out from his or her head, he or she is said to be less compliant and more rebellious. Therefore, this individual is less likely to follow orders, directions, or rules.


Cheekbones symbolize pride and bossiness.  There are front cheekbones and side cheekbones.  The front are under the eyes, the side cheekbones are on the side.  People with front cheekbones want people to listen.  People with side cheekbones expect it and will dish out consequences when demands are not followed through, and if someone has both, this person HAS to be listened to! (Bridges, 155)


The chin has to do with will.  The stronger the chin, the stronger the will of the individual.  A long chin is considered a sign of longevity because it includes the will to live and this person will probably work well into old age.  A small chin is a sign of less will, but also a gentler and more easy-going personality.  Those with a small chin are advised to retire early and enjoy the last part of life without much effort.  A turned-up chin is a sign of stubbornness.  (Bridges, 86)

Above, we have closely examined the basic structures of the face and what they might mean about someone who displays those characteristics.  Another thing to consider is which zone of the face is the most prominent.

The face can also be separated into three different sections, or zones. The dominant zone of the face is considered the longest section along the central meridian of the face. The three zones give insight to a person’s reaction time to outside stimuli and how that individual may decide to react to that stimulus. (Bridges, 46)

The first of these zones is known as the mental zone, or zone 1, which is from the average hairline to the top of the eyebrows.  People who have dominant first zones are thinkers. It does not mean that they are smarter than everyone else, just that they enjoy living in their minds and thinking all the time.  These people will think before they act.

Zone 2, which is from the top of the eyebrows to the bottom of the nose, is known as the practical zone. An individual with a dominant zone 2 may have a prominent nose, or this area is the longest part of the face.  Zone 2 people are practical and efficient; they save time, money and energy and want to make things work.  They are often business-like and have a lot of common sense.  To relate to these kinds of people, you may want to ask them whether something “works” for them or if something “makes sense” or seems “practical.”  It makes a zone 2 person crazy if someone they live with wastes things, time or money.

A dominant zone 3 can be characterized by a long chin, and a beautiful mouth or squared jaw can add emphasis to this zone as well.  It is the area from below the nose to the bottom of the chin.  Dominance in zone 3 indicates people who are instinctive, willful, emotional, or ruled by their impulses and desires.  They tend to do things because “they just have to.”  They can often scare themselves because they act so quickly, but if they are acting out of instinct, they usually make the right choice.  These people know what they want when they find it and then jump on it.  They act before thinking and base their lives on their feelings.  To relate to these types of individuals, you may ask how something makes them “feel.”

In the final segment, you will learn how to put this all together to help you, not just with hiring, but when meeting individuals and making other decisions.


About the Author:

Ashley Upham graduated from USF with a degree in Psychology.  She is currently pursuing her Masters in Oriental Medicine from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine.   Ashley has previously worked in the industry for a roofing contractor during summer break from USF.