We all know the story of Pinocchio and how those around him could tell he was lying because his nose would grow longer each time he tried. We may not have Pinocchio’s wooden nose, but face-reading experts say our noses reveal more about our hidden selves than we realize.
The number of nose shapes out there depends entirely on who you ask. Abraham Tamir of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University says there are 14 main groups (types) of noses, with the criterion that each nose type had to also have an artistic equivalent (via Daily Mail).
The most common type is the fleshy nose seen on Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Phillip, which was seen on nearly a quarter of the people Tamir studied. That type of nose, along with the ‘hawk,’ is seen as the least attractive. Tamir also assigned a characteristic to the type of nose, and those with a fleshy nose tend to be generous and helpful. For the other types, the characteristics vary: the Roman nose (think Tom Cruise) suggests ambition; the aquiline nose (Daniel Radcliffe) indicates someone who is business-minded; and the snub-nosed (Wayne Rooney) is an indication of immaturity.
Your face (and your nose) is your future
The practice of face reading (think palm reading, but with your face) tells a slightly different story. Jean Haner, an expert in the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice of face-reading, tells Cosmopolitan, “Every feature on your face tells you something about yourself and who you’re intended to be… [they] can tell you things about your physical health, personality and a certain time in your life.”
Face readers like Haner say your face is divided into areas that can reveal things about your life as a whole, and that your nose specifically addresses your life in your 40s. “The top area between your eyes speaks to the year you turn 40, the top third refers to your early 40s, the middle correlates to your mid 40s, and the bottom half reflects to your later 40s,” Haner says. “And no matter what your race or ethnicity, shapes of noses all carry the same messages across the board.”
Because your nose is your fortune as well as your future, face readers like Haner think rhinoplasty changes your future, so it’s best not to go there.
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