What's really interesting is when you factor in other peoples' responses to these supposedly hyper-aggressive individuals. Of course, there are many calm and complacent people with short, wide faces (just like there are plenty of jerks with long, narrow faces)—but that doesn't stop people from automatically marking short, wide-faced dudes as a threat.
It all comes down to error management bias, which makes us humans acutely aware of all the possible dangers around us, to help keep us alive. Since a greater proportion of short, wide-faced men are aggressive, we're hard-wired to have our guard up around them.
Or is it the other way around, and those poor short, wide-faced guys are misunderstood and angry after a life filled with everyone not trusting them? We'll let the psychologists and philosophers argue about that one. One thing remains true: if that bro you bumped into at the bar has a short, wide face AND he's wearing an Affliction shirt, put up your dukes—he's gonna want to throw down.
H/T: The Conversation
Brett Williams is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor. His face is as tall as the day is long.
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