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Researchers say a wide face predicts psychopathic traits in men

James Montgomery Soldier of Fortune

James Montgomery with his fake Soldier of Fortune magazine cover.

Wow might there be a way to spot a psychopathic man just by looking at him?

Researchers from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, have published a paper showing that a man’s facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) predicts psychopathy.

In a study that included undergraduate students and prison inmates, the researchers found an association between the fWHR and the psychopathy traits of fearless dominance, self-centered impulsivity, and with overall psychopathy scores.

According to the Daily Mail, “Last year, a separate study found both men and women with wide faces tend to be more aggressive, dominant and angry.”

What’s interesting is that this research apparently began with monkeys. Researchers found that fWHR was correlated with alpha status and assertiveness.

I can say this my ex-husband, James Montgomery, was diagnosed as a psychopath, and he has a wide face.

How to spot a psychopath? Measure their head: Men with wider faces are more likely to have psychopathic tendencies, on DailyMail.co.uk.

Facial width-to-height ratio predicts psychopathic traits in males, on ScienceDirect.com.

Social status, facial structure, and assertiveness in brown capuchin monkeys, on NCBI.NLM.gov

Thanks to Jan7 for mentioning this story.


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Creepy, my exP had a very wide face. Very similar shape to James M. on the magazine cover. He was also very slim, it was not fat just a larger skull than what I thought was normal.

I think this, like many other things, doesn’t mean all psychopaths have larger heads, or all people with larger heads are psychopaths. Just like not all children who are neglected or abused will become psychopaths. It’s likely just another one of those things that is more prevalent in psychopaths. At least in my case it completely is true.

True for mine. Just looked at a picture to be sure.

I think that really represents high testosterone, but I am thinking of two other particularly high testosterone men I know who have longer faces and are not psychopaths.

Yeah soo…the Socio for sure has a wide face, a big ol head, wide big shoulders/chest then gets more narrow. Another psycho I know- same thing! Uck. Eeew. I’m grossed out just thinking about it.


complete bogus. phrenology went out with the turn of the century…the *last* century.
wide faces actually show proper nutrition in utero and thruout childhood.

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