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



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.

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

Journal rubric: Psychology of Personality

For citation: Khrisanfova L.A. Perception of Individual Psychological Characteristics of a Person According to the Structural Features of his Face. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2009. Vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 51–73. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Lyudmila A. Khrisanfova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of General Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Associate Employee of the Laboratory of Cognitive and Mathematical Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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