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Why you can’t trust the wide boys: Men with broad faces like North Korean leader are more likely to cheat on their partners and lie

  • Study shows men wide-faced are less  trustworthy than thinner counterparts
  • They also tend to be aggressive, violent,  bigoted and exploitative
  • But the research also shows they are  likely to be more successful

By  Stuart Woledge

PUBLISHED: 05:00 EST, 19  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:56 EST, 19 October 2013

It is an established fact that someone with a  long face is probably feeling a bit sorry for themselves –  but scientists  say people with wide faces are untrustworthy.

Research has shed new light on the motives of  ‘wide boys’ who are more likely to lie and cheat than their thinner faced  contemporaries.

But the study also showed that those with  larger faces, such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and  disgraced former US President Richard Nixon, were more cut-throat and therefore more  likely to be successful, particularly in business or in politics.

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner facesUntrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner faces

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat  faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend  to be less trustworthy then those with thinner faces

 

Psychologists from Canada gave 150 men an  exercise to complete where they had to roll virtual dice on a screen and then  manually write down their score.

They were told that the number they recorded  would correspond to the number of tickets they received in a lottery. The  researcher then left the room while they completed the task.

But software secretly recorded the real total  allowing the psychologists to compare it with what the respondent had  entered.

About 20 per cent – or one in five – of the  men who took part cheated, all of whom had wide faces, according to The Times.

The results of the survey, by Canadian psychologist professor Cheryl McCormick,  provides further evidence that those carrying extra weight around their faces  tend to display antisocial personalities.

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely a man to be wary off, according to Canada's research 

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely  a man to be wary off, according to Canada’s research

 

Past research has suggested men with fat  faces tend to be more aggressive, violent, bigoted and exploitative of their  fellow man than those with slimmer cheeks.

Prof McCormick, from Brock University in  Ontario, argued they should not consider themselves less worthy.

She said: ‘We  were measuring within the general population. We have to keep in mind this is  something that doesn’t work well at the level of individuals.’

Past research she has carried out revealed  people do consider men with wide faces to be more unpleasant, but generally only  when making instant judgements.

‘This may only be useful to consider when you  are encountering strangers and have to make a snap judgment.

‘Actual experience of people tells us much,  much more than this trait alone.’

However, she also investigated which certain  psychopathic personality traits correlated with width of face, and found  ‘fearless dominance’ – where someone has low levels of anxiety while being  socially dominant – tended to reflect facial width.

She added: ‘There are gains and risks to marrying a man with a wider face.

‘Among chief executives dominant traits lead  to success in business, even if they may not have behaved in the most ethical  fashion. So you could have a wealthier life.

‘We have found no relationship between how  attractive men are rated and their facial width.

‘This could be because there are also certain  risks associated with marrying aggressive, dominant men.’

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