Obsessed with having ‘on fleek’ brows? Turns out it could say a lot about your personality…
A new study revealed that people who obsessively groom their eyebrows are more likely to be narcissists.
We’ve all heard the term ‘narcissist’ but what does it actually mean – and where on earth does this evidence come from?
According to Psychology Today, a 2018 study by researchers has determined that people can recognise a narcissist by the distinctiveness of their eyebrows.
What does this mean?
The research found that people who take extreme care of their eyebrows can be associated with extraversion, arrogance, entitlement, dominance, and aggression.
These are recognised personality traits of a narcissist.
Though narcissists can be likable at first, they lose some of their charm once it becomes clear that they are more interested in attracting attention and admiration, and much less interested in intimacy and other aspects of a fulfilling relationship.
Because they have a strong desire for admiration and recognition and, as a result, might “seek to maintain distinct eyebrows to facilitate others’ ability to notice, recognize, and remember them; thereby increasing their likability and reinforcing their overly positive self-views.”
Plucking, waxing, coloring, Botox injections, and permanent tattooing are some examples of how people attempt to accentuate the fullness and the arch of the brow.
And given that narcissists are very competitive and often successful in finding a sexual partner, their eyebrows could “signal this prowess to others.”
How did they find this out?
The researchers, Giacomin and Rule, asked participants to look at images of faces and asked them to recognise a person with narcissistic qualities. The participants did just this – and were even able to detect narcissism even in upside-down faces.
The researchers then found that the cues to identifying a narcissist were all in the eye region — specifically, the eyebrows.
This next bit gets a bit complicated…
Psychology today states: “Using image manipulation, they confirmed their results, observing that a non-narcissist donning a narcissistic person’s brows was judged as more narcissistic, and that a narcissistic person viewed with a non-narcissist’s brows was judged as less narcissistic.
“They further discovered that people considered femininity, grooming, and distinctiveness in judging the presence of narcissism in target faces. But only distinctiveness was related to accurate judgments.”
What do you think?