Welcome… to the land of woo-woo.
I’ve been experimenting with visual identification based mainly on the eyes. People say the eyes are the window to the soul, right? It seems like there could be some good behind it. I know, I know. It sounds like it just won’t work. But remember that when other people think about the cognitive functions or MBTI, they think it’s nonsense as well.
I’ll explain my understanding of it and you can do what you want with it 🙂
One thing before we start: I’m using right-handed people as the underlying example. Left-handed people are usually the opposite, but not always. Neuroscience shows us that left-handed people’s brains can be quite tricky to understand. Not that I’m a neuroscientist, but I have been studying it lately! Sometimes both sides of the face will look the same and then you have no idea what to do. Well, besides type them with more reliable ways!
**I apologize for the formatting, I don’ t know what I’m doing.**
Left and Right Hemiface
Yup. Hemiface. The left side usually holds the introverted function, and the right has the extroverted function. I’ll explain some tips to figure out which function in a bit.
Now that you know how each side is usually oriented, you need to find the dominant hemiface. The dominant side will often have more tells – wrinkles and general weight or authority over the other side. It’ll be confident. It’ll show more character. It’ll often be more intense and complex.
The auxiliary side will be simpler or neutral looking. There’s not too much more I can get into before the differences of extroversion and introversion get in the mix. Just think of it as the less used and less developed side of the face.
Quentin Tarantino’s right hemiface (our left side) is the boss. It holds the power. Yes, his left side has that crease above his nose, but the right side is much more weighted. His hair even knows which side to go to 😛
His left hemiface is simpler. It seems like it’s not fully in the moment. Like Cho’Gall, the right side pulls the left through life. The left side is more introspective (auxiliary Introverted Feeling).
Also, when you cover half the face or do fancy photo manipulation to copy and flip the face, the dominant half will usually still look like the same person. I know this sounds weird, but check out these pictures.
Besides being hilarious, you can see a huge difference. His right side looks evil (not a direct sign of Se!), powerful, and dominant. We’ll talk about his eyes later. lol. His left hemiface seems dopey and more innocent. Personally, I’d be more likely to recognize his right side than his left. Looking at this picture, it’s easier to tell that his right hemiface is dominant and so his left hemiface is auxiliary.
And because that picture is just too funny, I’ll use a better one.
His right hemiface looks practically identical to his full-faced picture. That’s a great sign of being the dominant side. His left hemiface looks slightly vulnerable in the eyes. The mouth is the same as above and seems to have some opinions or just a natural mouth shape that does that. Either way, we can see some information there!
Extroverted Versus Introverted
We found the dominant and auxiliary sides – or what we think they are, anyway. So now let’s try to find out which is extroverted and which is introverted.
Extroverted hemifaces look out into the world. They should appear to have more connection to the outer world.
Introverted hemifaces will be more receptive and preoccupied with the inner world. They’re somewhat vulnerable (especially in extroverted people) looking, like I mentioned above.
Quentin Tarantino’s face does this, too. His right hemiface looks like it’s the side that interacts or observes the world. His left hemiface looks more introspective and definitely vulnerable compared to the right.
We can now assume he’s extroverted. /cheer
Conjunction Junction What’s Your Function?
Hookin’ up faces with perceiving and judging.
Judging functions make decisions, so this side will (hopefully) look like it has an opinion.
Thinking seems to have an objective and serious look to it. It uses lowered eyebrows and clenched or pursed lips – it often looks angry. It doesn’t have to, but it can. The thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t necessarily look angry, but definitely not as friendly as his dominant left hemiface. His right hemiface has less of a smile and an overall cold feeling to it.
Introverted Thinking also has a flat and focused look to it. Also, not related to Ti necessarily, but her dominant left hemiface does seem more in charge. Her auxiliary side looks like it’s not quiet as sure of itself or doesn’t have as strong of opinions – meshing with the idea that the dominant side should be more confident. She also looks like my mom. Weird.
Feeling comes out often as a slight smile or turn of the mouth. I want to say that the line coming from above Quentin’s left nostril is a result of that side of the mouth turning. It looks like he doesn’t have a good opinion about something, but a bad opinion is still an opinion.
The Feeling hemiface might look worried like Quentin’s auxiliary or more confident like in Pharrell’s dominant left hemiface below. He’s an ISFP, so his dominant side is his left hemiface. Genuine smile lines are also a tell. Both sides of Pharrell’s face seem friendly, but his right hemiface doesn’t seem dominant. Also, his left hemiface looks like it’s thinking about something. Possibly judging it…? It has a slightly raised cheek as well.
Extroverted Feeling is a lot easier to see because the eyes will smile a lot more. Also, Feeling’s opinions and values are a lot easier to read. Alicia Keys’ left hemiface (Fe dominant) holds the power here. She even looks like the same person by just using that one side. Her smile is a bit bigger on her dominant right hemiface. She has that big smile line and a raised cheek as well.
Perceiving functions seem to have a wider eye. The eyeball itself isn’t actually a different size, but the muscles around it are being used differently. It makes sense that the function used to gather information and learn about things wants to see more. Quentin’s set doesn’t really have a bigger eye. It looks outward though. It’s relaxed and open.
The perceiving functions sometimes look fearful or surprised as well, but they don’t have to.
Kevin Spacey is an ESTP. Sensing pays attention to information and details, so the hemiface that uses it should look like that. His eye is a bit wider and not judgmental.
His left hemiface (auxiliary Ti) has a more pursed mouth and less accepting eyes. This side looks like it’s filtering information. It’s serious and slightly angry.
Honestly, I think he’s left hemiface would win in a battle of the faces. So that’d lead me to think that he could be ISTP based on these techniques. However, his right hemiface looks more natural – like the Kevin Spacey we all know.
iNtuition, another perceiving function, should show up with a wider eye as well. It’s looking around for connections and ideas, so it’s not forming decisions. Extroverted iNtuition will hopefully look more curious about the outer world, while Introverted iNtuition could look like it’s filtering ideas.
Perceiving functions are not the easiest for me to differentiate. I generally just go by the feel of the whole face. iNtuition looks more inquisitive and has a youthful dreaminess to it from what I can tell – especially when paired with Introverted Feeling.
Sigourney’s right eyebrow is raised, and according to the website (linked at the bottom) that’s a good sign. That hemiface is also simpler, which could be because of it being the auxiliary side or because of perceiving. Robert Downey Jr. also has a raised right eyebrow to go with his Extroverted iNtuition.
Jon Stewart and Robert Downey Jr. are both ENTPs. It’s hard to find a picture where RDJ isn’t being cocky or funny… but he’s my go-to ENTP. Jon makes a lot of faces, too. Either way, it’s an on-going research project for me.
There are some similarities in the faces, though. Their auxiliary side (Ti) is more easy-going and vulnerable looking. It seems receptive and, although it looks like it’s smiling, Jon’s lips are pretty clenched. Jon’s right eye (Ne) is a bit wider, too.
George Carlin is an ENFP. Jon, RDJ, and George’s mouths look similar on their right side. George’s eyebrow is raised and his eye is inquisitive.
I also did me. Wait… yeah…
INFP means that I should have Introverted Feeling come up on my left hemiface and Extroverted iNtuition on my right.
What do you think? It looks correct by what I’ve explained so far. My left definitely looks dominant and very similar to my “normal” face (if you could call it that). It has a slight smile like Feeling often does – it’s the same for George Carlin and Pharrell Williams. Quentin Tarantino… not so much.
iNtuition on my right hemiface looks fairly accurate. I have a raised eyebrow. That side looks simpler, in the same way as Sigourne Weaver or RDJ. The iNtuition-based eye seems unfocused for every picture that it’s in, too.
I’ve also learned that I need to shower before pictures.
I got my start on visual identification HERE. It’s been helpful, but I don’t know how well this whole thing actually works. I really like exploring it though.
My quest for you is to go into visual identification open minded and see if you can find any similarities. I’ve spent a lot of time at CelebrityTypes looking at all the faces. I feel like I can see similarities in a lot of them. Sometimes I’ve been able to catch left-handedness or what I think is a mistype.
If you’re interested in this, I’d like to know your thoughts below! Maybe even see some faces? I used www.pixlr.com to do the photo editing.