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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

ISSN (online): 2311-7036

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/exppsy

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Perception of Individual Psychological Characteristics of a Person According to the Structural Features of his Face 246

Khrisanfova L.A., Ph.D. in Psychology, Associate Professor of N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, associate member of the laboratory IP RAS, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, l.hri@sandy.ru
Abstract
In this article we analyze Szondi’s conception of basic human drives from the position of a systematic approachwiththe involvementofmodern experimental research. We undertake an attemptto find acorrelation between basic human drives (according to Szondi), certain characteristics of mental states (according to Kulikov) and facial proportions, represented on a photo. It is found that “sexual undifferentiation” (low activity) is connected with the symmetry of a face by the line of cheekbone, jaw (horizontally) and in the mouth area. Together with the increase of tension (e) horizontal asymmetry of the eyebrow line grows relative to the pupil line. An expressed tendency “hy-“, that Szondi interprets as blocked, transformed into a person’s own sufferings/aggression is connected with the growth of vertical asymmetry. “Paranoid-ness” is characterized quite vividly and significantly by facial asymmetry.

Keywords: activity, tension, symmetry, face proportions, drives

Column: Psychology of Personality

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