Do you have thick, lustrous, brilliantly bushy brows?
Chances are you’re checking them out in the mirror right now – because according to a new study, you’re more likely to be a narcissist. And not just any type of narcissist – a grandiose narcissist.
A “grandiose” narcissist is one that can come across really extroverted and confident, as opposed to a vulnerable narcissist, who feels extremely insecure when they’re not treated with importance.
Researchers Miranda Giacomin and Nicholas Rule, from the University of Toronto, say that having dense eyebrows means you’re trying to make yourself stand out so that you can get more attention, like, now – the typical traits of grandiose narcissism.
“Because grandiose narcissists strongly desire recognition and admiration, they may seek to maintain distinct eyebrows to facilitate others’ ability to notice, recognise, and remember them, thereby increasing their likability and reinforcing their overly positive self-views,” says the study, published in The Journal of Personality.
To emphasise that it’s all in the eyebrows, Miranda and Nick even titled the report ‘Eyebrows Cue Grandiose Narcissism’ (bit on-the-nose, but it gets the point across). They wanted to check out if eyebrows were, in fact, linked to narcissism in some way, and if this would be unconsciously recognised by people they came across.
Surprisingly, the people taking part in the study were pretty accurate when it came to spotting the narcissists just from their eyebrows.
Participants were given photos of people who had been given the Narcissistic Personality Inventory – a widely-used test that identifies various levels of grandiose narcissism. Some of the photos were of narcissists, some weren’t – and participants were asked to pick out who was who.