According to Chinese or some Asian old knowledge, there is a connection between human physical appearance and human characters.

For example, a person who has high cheek bones tends to demand things such as money or wealth more than the one who has lower cheek bones.

Or, a person who has a high and straight nose tends to be more serious.

Do we have a similar study in the West?

I am not sure "anthropology" is the word.

I think "anthropology" seems too broad.

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Remarkably there is a word for this exact thing!

Physiognomy (from the Greek φύσις, 'physis', meaning "nature", and 'gnomon', meaning "judge" or "interpreter") is the practice of assessing a person's character or personality from their outer appearance—especially the face (Wikipedia)

The notion that you could infer personality from faces was popular 150 years ago, it is now mostly considered a pseudoscience.


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