Symmetry = Beauty?

Do you ever notice a lack of bilateral symmetry when you look at someone?

Maybe not a complete lack of symmetry, but maybe something is out of place.  The nose is crooked.  One eye is a bit different from the other.  One ear sticks out farther.  Something.

The most striking example of this I can think of is Bobbi Batista.  She was a news anchor person on CNN(?) or some national news service.  I couldn’t watch her deliver a report because it always looked to me like her face had been cut in two, and one side had been shifted up a full inch from the other.  And then glued back together.

Highly unsettling.

Well, I was reading Tales of the Sissy the other day, and he always posts a picture of his “crush du jour”.  After examining one of his crushes, I couldn’t help but think, “He is pretty but his eyes aren’t symmetrical at all.” This is the original posted picture:

See what I mean?  Crooked.

Which then led me to copy the picture, cut it in half, and produce two images of his face.  One image uses the left side of his face (mirrored) to create a complete image.  The other uses his right.  Here is the result:

Not the best cut/paste job, I know.  And he probably wasn’t directly face on to the camera, which exaggerates things a bit.  But still, you get the idea.

You know “scientists” have conducted studies with babies and proven that the more symmetrical a face is, the better it is received and the more it is perceived as ‘pleasant’.  This, naturally gets translated to adult psychology as beauty.

Which probably explains the photoshopping and airbrushing of models until they are wholly unrealistic.  Albeit beautiful.

Anyway, I thought I’d look at some other celebrities and try them.  First off, do you know how hard it is to find images where people are looking squarely into a camera??  Well, its pretty difficult; they all cheat to one side or the other.

But I did manage to find some fairly close ‘square’ shots, so I tried some other symmetry experiments:

David Bruehl.

Chris Meloni

David Sutcliffe

Ben Affleck

Bradley Cooper

Paul Rudd

Its kind of fun, no?  For a final coup de grace I WAS going to include a picture of me that I played with.  But, um… no.  My nose is far too crooked.   And I look extremely ‘rode hard and put up wet’ right now.

Maybe when I’m not so puffy.  AND after I get my nose fixed and my chin implants.

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18 Responses to Symmetry = Beauty?

  1. Gavin says:

    The results of natural child birth. I wonder if this is as prevalent with people who were born via Cesarean?

    The person with the most crookedest face is Brian Williams on NBC News. He even looks into the camera at an angle to compensate.

    • Balthazar Joyal says:

      good point. i was born by cesarean, and i have a 100% perfect facial symetry. i’m actually one of the best looking homo sapiens to have ever existed, and babies love me immediately.

  2. dirkmancuso says:

    Wow. I shudder to think how much worse I could actually look…

  3. brettcajun says:

    Bradley Cooper needs Botox. And you, my friend, need your ass whooped for that comment you left on my blog. Cracking knuckles. That’s fine. I take that as jealousy because you can’t move as great as the thinner Moi. 🙂 EG.

  4. voenixrising says:

    Is it freaky Friday already?

    That first example looks like two totally different people when chopped & mirrored. The rest are recognizable, albeit too scary for words – especially the right hand pic of Ben Affleck. Can you say “Frankenstein’s Monster?”

  5. madhouse6 says:

    i like a little non symmetry.

  6. Ray Ray says:

    Hey mangina man, this is an awesome post that took a lot of work. I appreciate all your posts,it’s funny how we are all not quite the sum of our parts.

  7. romach says:

    That was really cool looking at those pics and seeing all the differences etc. Love reading you blog BTW, and welcome to wordpress! You’ll love it here.

  8. RG says:

    You? Ridden hard and put up wet? Naaaaaaaaw.

    BTW, who’s the hot number Romach? Mmmmmmmm……hot, furry, blogger comment guy……aaarrrggghhhlllll

  9. Shel says:

    Ok – you have WAY too much time on your hands…but it is highly entertaining. So… who rode you hard???

  10. chicagochris says:

    Oddly, Bradley Cooper is gorgeous either way! (at least his smile is consistent)
    Hey CB, drop me an email, I can’t find yours. Need to ask a question

  11. Rich says:

    CB – this was very cool. The psychology related to attraction has a lot to do with the spacing of features (and/or, I guess, the spacing of cocktails). Those pics were really interesting.

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  13. Redbone says:

    Do this shit with a Shannen Doherty pic. Her face is majorly uneven – like it was made by Picasso or something.

  14. FrontRow says:

    http://www.ehow.com/about_5120350_causes-facial-asymmetry.html

    Some interesting info about facial asymmetry…

  15. anonymous says:

    ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!
    they can hear and see what your visually thinking
    this is the dead truth

    the reason alot of asians have completely expressionless faces, only associate with asians and dont associate with non asians very much is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read read minds, if all over a billion asians were to show facial expressions all the time just as much as non asians, associate with non asians much more, and be much more friendly and talkative, then alot of them might accidentally reveal that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they dont like or find astonishing or funny, and if they were all to associate with non asians alot more there would be alot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those other people think things they dont like, so they only associate with asians so there wont be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place

    think about it, its not normal how alot of them act, and the entire way they act is all to hide their mind reading abilities, it makes perfect sense to do all of that to hide that they can read minds, because all of that is the perfect way to do it!
    every single asian on the planet is hiding their mind reading abilities, they will lie about having mind reading abilites to the death!
    because they value hiding their mind reading abilities more then their own lives!
    thats why nobody knows about it!

    try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around asians, and try looking for asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason, that is them giving people looks when they hear and visually see someone thinking something they dont like, find funny or astonishing
    it still happens despite a large number of them having completely expressionless faces all the time, it would just happen alot more if none of them had completely expressionless faces all the time, its not uncommon!

    i know this sounds crazy, impossible, and completely unbelievable, BUT IT ISNT CRAZY WHEN ITS TRUE

    you have to spread the message!!!
    the world has to know about this!!!!

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