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Eye Colour and Personality

November 20, 2007 at 5:30 PM Health Watch   - G J E 4
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How far- reaching is the saying, 'Eyes are the windows to the soul'?
Eye Colour and Personality
Eye Colour and Personality

For years, psychologists have described many behavioural aspects of a person based on eye reactions. For instance, if your teenage son does not look you in the eye while answering a question, he is probably not being entirely honest. 'Anger flashed in her eyes' is a statement we have all heard which is used to describe an angry person. So, eyes are 'reflectors' of our emotions. In that sense they are certainly 'windows' through which others can 'see' us. But there is more!

That the eyes, especially the iris, is a pin pointer to an individuals' health status is the basis of a separate branch of study called Iridology. To iridologists then, the eyes are 'windows' to a persons' health. Iridologists study the iris, pupil and sclera paying particular attention to the color and markings in these parts of the eye. They then compare the results to an iris chart, which divides the iris into various zones that correspond with different parts of the body. The diagnosis is based on any discrepancy that the comparison may reveal.

Yet another 'window' approach declares that the color of a persons' eye is an indicator of ones' personality and ability.

All Eyes

The color of ones' eyes reflects individuality- it depends entirely on the genetic make-up of the individual! The amount and type of color pigment in the iris defines eye color. In humans, phenotypically, eye color falls into one of these basic categories -brown, blue or green. Brown eyes are the most common (due to their dominant nature), followed by blue and then green. Other eye colors are variants that occur due to different ratios of color pigments present in the iris. Consequently, apart from the above- mentioned three colors, we also see people who have black eyes (Native Americans and Asians), hazel, gray, green and violet eyes ( Europeans and their descendants),.

Through the years, these marvelous eye colors have been indicated to reflect many a personality trait. Accordingly, brown eyes symbolize sharpness, blue eye, sweetness and green eyes, mischievousness! The possible relationship between eye color and personality prompted scientists and researchers to probe deep into the connection. Various observations and studies have revealed interesting pointers. For instance, dark -eyed people seem to score more in areas of social skills, emotions and neurotic behaviour than light-eyed people.

Blue Versus Brown

According to a study on the relationship of eye color to athletic abilities thirty years ago, brown- eyed people fared better at fast paced sports events that involved split second timing like base ball, while blue-eyed people did better at slow paced sports like golf. Other studies too claim that brown-eyed people or those with dark colored iris react faster, due to quicker reflexes, as compared to light-eyed people.

Yet another study (done some years ago) found that dark eyed subjects are more responsive to arousing visual and auditory stimuli than light-eyed subjects.

Recent news reports that blue-eyed folks are better 'strategy thinkers' than dark eyed people. That is probably why they are good at sports like golf or other activities that require planning and time structuring. The study by American scientists also suggests a possible link (based on observation and not scientific evidence at the moment) between eye color and academic achievement. Come to think of it, Marie Curie who had blue eyes received the Nobel Prize twice! Interestingly, studies on the cognitive abilities of blue -eyed persons in comparison to brown -eyed people have been conducted as early as 1965!

A 1998 study by Coplan and his colleagues have unearthed a link between inhibitions/social wariness and eye color in young children, more specifically, pre-schoolers. It found that blue -eyed male children were more socially wary than brown-eyed ones. No such significant variation was observed among female children. The study shows that in young children, iris pigmentation could probably serve as a marker variable for social wariness.

Eyeing The Issue Scientifically

Most recent research suggests that a gene Pax6 probably has a part to play in the connection between iris pigmentation and personality. This gene is involved in the development of the eyes as well as a part of the brain, more precisely the anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC, in the frontal lobe. ACC, also termed the brain's 'oops centre' by some, is believed to influence personality traits like empathy and self-control.

Pax6 is known to induce tissue deficiencies in the iris and the ACC. Could this then explain the relationship between eye color and personality? A study by Larsson M and his colleagues in 2007 (May, 2007) suggest that this maybe just so. Changes induced by Pax6 leads to different iris configurations, which, in turn may influence certain 'approach related' behaviour. The researchers studied three iris characteristics in 428 undergraduate students viz. crypts, pigment dots and contraction furrows. The findings revealed that crypts and furrows do indeed, have a close association with many approach- related behaviour. Whereas the former is associated with positive feelings, the latter is associated with behaviour like impulsiveness.

Currently, research in this field is limited. The possible relationship between eye color and personality has opened up many avenues that can be explored. Undisputed scientific evidence could pave the way for interesting revelations. What an eye-opener that would be for all of us, indeed!

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Non-mixed dark people like India, African Americnas have black eyes - but some mixed ones can have green or hazel, but never blue. But lighter people like Europeans, East Asians, Middle Easterners can have medium eyes. And very pale people can have pale blue eyes.
Britishtea Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It was nice visiting this web page! May God bless scientists to discover more about his creation in such positive ventures. Love you all. Maurice G. Lhusenge
MauritzGL Saturday, February 18, 2012
Very interesting! Just wished there was more info on green eyes...I have light shamrock green eyes, and I noticed depending on my mood they turn and even lighter; what does that mean? Also I'm not really a mischievous person...I actually seem to have the traits of a brown eyed person. Hmm.
_Jess_ Wednesday, August 17, 2011
While the article raises some issues, it glosses over some eugenics issues that have been controversial for decades. The implications, therefore, perhaps would interfere with an objective view of exactly what the differences are since the researchers would always be accused of racism when publishing results that verify some obvious correlations such as the prevalence of blue-eyed pro quarterbacks.
donjohn8 Monday, September 13, 2010
the article is interesting but really, why leave out a lot about green eyed people? there was next to nothing, i think we should get to know what our eye colour says too. i also would like to know why our eyes tend to change colour with moods...mine go from bright green to grey to hazel depending on my moods, im curious to find an answer to this[i havent been able to yet]
universitygirl Saturday, July 24, 2010
Note that to get the different colors, there's some blending involved. That means no particular trait associated with an eye color is complete or exclusive. Ut's difficult to research the permutations since this is not an area of research most want to touch for political reasons.
donjohn8 Monday, September 13, 2010
My eyes are weird! Most of the time they're an olive green but then they change into blue or silver. One of my friends notice that all the time. Can anyone tell me what it means?
Roxanne1231231 Thursday, February 04, 2010
Well, I can tell you this: my eyes are the rarest of colors - lavender! Everyone envies them! But then, on days when it's rainy, my eyes shimmer an irredescent green, like fairly droplets from Peter Pan's wings...and then when the sun peeks out, my eyes dazzle into aqua-marine blue, like colors of sun-dappled light off a tropical lagoon. All my friends envy them! Their eyes remain brown or blue or green and never change like mine. They think I look like a movie star! Can anybody here tell me why I have the most beautiful eyes anybody has ever seen - anywhere. They're absolutely gorgeous!!!!
YooEnvyMyTwinkleDooDahEyes Monday, December 12, 2011
I believe light blue eyed people are talkative, blondes are informative, light green eyed have a lust for violance, yellow in the eye are compulsive liars, dark brown truly care, a hero needs to care. In sports I believe there are uses for eye colour studies, but I feel the studies are limited by the psychologist inability to self realise, results are based on variable influencing of the observed behaviour, to suit one self.
897baxter Thursday, February 04, 2010
i was just curious, you stated that people with light green eyes have a lust for violence[a belief of yours] how did you come to that conclusion? wouldnt it all be dependednt upon the persons identity and morals as opposed to just saying 'oh you have light green eyes, you must lust for violence?' not everyone with light green eyes is that way, individuals all behave differently, you cant lump them together based on eye colour. but i may have misinterpreted your meaning, could you perhaps explane or elaborate?
universitygirl Saturday, July 24, 2010
i have light green eyes and im not violent at all, also have yellow speckles in them and yet again im not a compulsive liar. you should not jump to conclusions like that.
imaperson Monday, January 16, 2012
okay i have blue eyes, but i'm not sweet. i'm a mischievous person thats as sharp as a tack!!!
bailey Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I like blue eyed blue eyes, but not sweet mischievous person.
srmcurology Wednesday, July 29, 2009
i want to know my personality
sallu1993 Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Though blue eyed people scored worse in the fast paced sports, the BLOND HAIRED BLUE EYED one scored better than EVERYONE in EVERYTHING

And the JEWS just sucked at EVERYTHING!

Your eye color is hereditary you idiot. It has no relation to your personality.

People like you are what made the holocaust possible.

From another Junior, one that isn't an idiot like 3riin.

qwerasdf Thursday, May 07, 2009
A persons personality is generally close to their parents so maybe its a part of both genetics and personality.
guest Sunday, November 29, 2009
It is not in the least true that cognitive functions are not related in any way to the shape or form of your parents.
jhillz Tuesday, June 15, 2010
ya and your probably BROWN eyed, sshit ppl of the earth
guest Friday, January 29, 2010
what's the matter with u brat?
guest Monday, February 22, 2010
Now, why are YOU being so discriminative? Hypocrite. I'm brown eyed, you jackass. To the commenter who was praising blond people, you are a moron. The mentality you had, along with Hitler contributed to the Holocaust. Go crawl under a rock, faggot.
Trolololo Monday, February 28, 2011

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