"There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect."
--G.K. Chesterton, English writer, poet, philosopher
It turns out eyes may be like fingerprints to the spirit. Everyone has a different structure of lines, dots and colours in their iris, so scientists at Orebro University in Sweden compared the eyes of 428 subjects with their personality traits to see if these structures in the iris reflected their characters.
They focused on patterns in crypts - threads which radiate from the pupil - and contraction furrows - lines curving around the outer edge - which are formed when the pupils dilate, and their findings showed those people with densely packed crypts are more warmhearted, tender, trusting, and likely to sympathise with others. In comparison, those with more contraction furrows were more neurotic, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings.
("Scientists Discover That Eyes Really Are 'The Window to the Soul.'"
The Daily Mail. February 19, 2007)
The researchers argued that eye structure and personality could be linked because the genes responsible for the development of the iris also play a role in shaping part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which influences personality.
The results were published in the American journal Biological Psychology. "Our results suggest people with different iris features tend to develop along different personality lines," said Matt Larsson, a behavioral scientist who led the study at Orebro University. These findings support the notion that people with different iris configurations tend to develop along different trajectories in regards to personality.
“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious
but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.”
--Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
If, indeed, eyes reveal personality, shouldn't we take more time to study the optics of our potential mates and friends. I wonder how well you know the eyes you have seen many times? Here are some famous eyes. Use a piece of scrap paper, number 1-20, and match the eyes with the person. Answers at the end.
Match the Famous Eyes Quiz
a. Charlie Sheen b. Jimi Hendrix c. Mother Teresa d. Elvis Presley
e. John Lennon f. Charles Manson g. Jessica Alba h. Adolf Hitler
i. Pope Benedict j. Elizabeth Taylor k. Martin Luther King, Jr.
l. Sadam Hussein m. Britney Spears n. Mike Tyson o. Oprah Winfrey
p. Princess Diana q. John F. Kennedy r. Marilyn Monroe
s. Ronald Reagan t. Megan Fox
1. c 2. h 3. f 4. j 5. g 6. q 7. e 8. k 9. t 10. n
11. b 12. o 13. i 14. l 15. s 16. r 17. d 18. a 19. m 20. p