Research reveals 'Men with wider faces are more likely to have psychopathic tendencies'

Having a wider face has been linked with higher levels of attraction and aggression, and now research has suggested it may also be a sign of psychopathy.

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A study has found that men with a higher facial width-to-height ratio were more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits such as 'self-centred impulsivity', 'fearless dominance' and a tendency to blame other people for problems.

Kanye West and Wayne Rooney both have an high facial width-to-height ratios.

Using students and prison inmates as case studies, the research found that men with a higher facial width-to-height ratio were more likely to exhibit what's known as 'self-centred impulsivity'.

They also showed signs of 'fearless dominance' as well as a tendency to blame other people for problems. They also tend to neglect the social norms and regulations that the rest of us live by.

The research was carried out using the facial width to height ratio. The facial width to height ratio  (fWHR) is worked out by measuring the horizontal distance between the outer edges of the cheekbones and the vertical distance from the highest point of the top lip to the highest point of the eyelids.

The width is then divided by the height.

For the study, the researchers asked 96 adult male university students and 41 male prisoners at a young offenders institution to complete a standard questionnaire that psychologists use to measure psychopathic traits.

The research also revealed that men with wider faces are more likely to lie and cheat, they tend to lead more financially successful firms.

They also tend to embrace risk without any fear, showing limited reaction to awful events that would make the rest of us panic - combined with a tendency to appear charming and influential.

Previous studies have found that women are more likely to want a man with a wide face for a fling, but less likely to see him as husband material, while wide-faced footballers score more goals but commit more fouls.

Although this study finds a correlation, the researchers stress that it doesn't mean all men with wide faces have psychopathic tendencies.

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