For decades, there have been stories flooding the internet and through chain letter emails that claimed your personality matched your eye color. Do you have brown eyes? I bet you like dogs. Do you have green eyes? You enjoy being outside. The “predictions” went on and on, only to make statements that most of us could attest to despite the color of our eyes. However, a new study performed by researches at the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales recently discovered there might be some truth to being able to gain personality insights from eye color.
The study, published in Current Psychology, noticed for certain groups of people that eye color was correlated to how agreeable the person was. A survey was conducted in Australia, and was given to 336 participants, 63% whom had Northern European ancestry. People self-reported their eye color and several personality traits, including conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism on the questionnaire.
The group of Northern Europeans with lighter eyes was reported to have higher levels of competitiveness, egocentricity, and skepticism of others. Meanwhile, the ones with others significantly showed more altruism, sympathy, and willingness to help others. Interestingly enough, this trend was only reflected in the Northern Europeans, and did not carry over to the other study participants.
At this time, the study may show a weak and somewhat strange relationship between eye color and personality, but researchers hypothesize that the link is based in evolution, dating back to the Ice Age in Northern Europe. The dry climate and shortage of food led men to travel long distances in search of food, and competition for mates had some relationship to link rarer, lighter eye colors being the preferred option.
Many studies are still being performed involving eye color, genetics, and personality. For now, make sure to keep your eyes in their best condition by visiting your local Cincinnati eye doctor!
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