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What Your Fingerprints Say About You: The Link Between Fingerprints and Personality

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What does your fingerprint mean?

What does your fingerprint mean?

Fingerprints Reveal More Than You Think

Fingerprints are uniquely our own and are as singular as a snowflake. Formed in the womb, they are one of the few aspects of our physiology that remains unchanged throughout our lives. But did you know that lurking within the ridges on your fingertips are the secrets of your personality? Your fingerprints reveal who you are in more ways then one.

The Art of Fingerprint Reading

The art of studying fingerprints to determine personality traits has been practiced for thousands of years and is believed to have originated in India. As well as studying fingerprints, many practitioners also use foot and palm prints to ascertain information about a person's health and character.

Many palm readers use a combination of the lines and mounts on a person's palm and their fingerprints to discern a complete profile of the person they are dealing with. The type of fingerprint and which finger it is found on reveal a lot about the person.

There are three basic types of fingerprints, the loop, the whorl and the arch. The variations and finger placement reveal aspects of the holder's personality. Most people have a combination of fingerprint types on each hand: for example, a whirl fingerprint on the thumb and a looped fingerprint on the index finger.

The Loop

The Loop

The Loop

This is the most commonly seen type of fingerprint. People with looped fingerprints tend to be of average intelligence with a pleasant even-tempered demeanor. They are happy to go with the flow and are generally content. They make excellent partners and employees and are comfortable following rather than leading.

The Whorl

The Whorl

The Whorl

The second most prevalent fingerprint is the whorl. Those who bare these fingerprints tend to be above average in intelligence, independent and have a dominant personality type. They would much rather lead than follow. Finger placement of the whirl is of the utmost importance as it reveals much about the personality. A whorl on the thumb reveals high intellect and a strong will. Whirls on both thumbs may indicate a controlling nature and an "iron will," or lack of flexibility. Someone who predominantly possesses whorls on their fingertips can be extremely intelligent, organized, exacting and controlling. A strong-willed perfectionist.

A hand that has only one or two whorled fingerprints is very desirable as it shows a bright, organized mind without the desire for perfectionism.

The Arch

The Arch

The Arch

This fingerprint is seen less than the loop or the whirl and is said to be the sign of someone with an analytical mind who is practical and cautious. They prefer traditional values and do not like change. People with numerous arches on their fingertips can be difficult to get along with as they are very set in their ways. A career with a high level of methodology and little surprise suits someone with these kinds of prints.

The Tented Arch

The Tented Arch

The Tented Arch

The barer of this fingerprint shares the same character traits like those of the standard arch, but they tend to be more pronounced. Typically people with one or more of these fingerprints have an anxious and excitable disposition and are prone to anxiety disorders. Much depends on finger placement, for example, a tented arch fingerprint found on the little finger, which is the finger that relates to communication and sexual tastes, may denote some speech peculiarities and perversions.

The Double Loop

The Double Loop

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The Double Loop

This fingerprint is unusual and often the sign of someone with a duplicitous nature. Put quite simply, a liar. Con-artists and criminals often have this fingerprint. They can be emotionally unstable and difficult to be in a relationship with. That being said, those who bear this mark are known to be able to see both sides of an issue and also make good lawyers. Proceed with caution if you see this fingerprint on someone you plan on becoming involved with.

The Peacock Eye

The Peacock Eye

The Peacock Eye

This print is somewhat rare and looks like a typical looped fingerprint with a whirl in the center, thus giving it the appearance of a peacock eye. It is thought to be the sign of someone with artistic talents, especially if seen on the ring finger, which connects with our creativity and inner self. It also signifies someone who is happy marching to the beat of their own drum and who may seem a little odd. It would not be unusual for the possessor of this fingerprint to have an unusual personal style and work in a creative field.

So Much More . . .

Obviously, the selection presented here is only a snapshot of the various fingerprint types and what they could potentially mean. There is no denying that it's a fascinating area of study that could well help you become a better judge of character or, at the very least, provide you with a fun skill to bust out at parties.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Vijay on February 11, 2020:

I have left thumb in loops and right thumb in whorls

Rr Ty tl on December 30, 2019:

Ty to


Niharika on September 19, 2019:

I have whorl on my both thumbs of finger

NOBODY on April 10, 2019:

I have seven whorl fingerprints and three peacock fingerprints.

y.g.venkateswarlu on November 05, 2018:


dakota on September 14, 2018:

my finger did not work

Angie on March 17, 2018:

I also have a peacock on both of my ring fingers!!

daniel on December 10, 2017:

the importance of the right forefinger in fingerprint

kurlyfrys on November 15, 2017:

all of my fingers and thumbs are peacock eyed

Billy on November 03, 2017:

I have a double whorl on all fingers exawpt my pinkie s whitch are peacock eyed

Me on September 04, 2017:

I have question is it normal that i have the same fingerprint on two fingers on the same hand ? Please reply me as soon as possible because i made some research and i didnt find anyone with the same situation and it kinda freak me out . Thanks

hannah on April 19, 2017:

i have the tented arch seem pretty accurate too about my personality.

Itzel Mendoza on December 01, 2016:

Both my thumbs are wirls and the rest are loops, except 3. While looking for my prints on both of my ring fingers the are absent.They are competely smooth as well as my left pinky. Does that mean something? or just nothing at all? I enjoyed your article!

Joe on November 24, 2016:

I have both the loop and the whorl

JJ on November 20, 2016:

I have some whorls, some loops, 2 peacock eyes on each middle finger and a double loop on my left thumb. Interesting, I will have to do more research on this!

Anonymous on November 14, 2016:

I'm not sure if it's that accurate.i got the loop but my iq is it's not 100 percent reliable jack London

Emilia on July 04, 2016:

In my left thumb I have a double loop and in the other an arch :o so weird

Karla on June 18, 2016:

On my left hand on the ring finger I have the peacock eye and on my right hand on two fingers I have two whorls.All the other fingerprints are loops. Yay~

Prashant puri on June 11, 2015:

I have got different sings in my two thumps

Chantal on March 04, 2015:

I'm not sure how I feel about the assessment of double loops. I have them on both thumbs, both pinkies, left middle, and right index, with whorls on all other fingers. I have never broken the law in my life have felt so guilty the times I've tried to lie that it's literally made me physically ill until I've confessed. I will admit to being an emotional wreck though. Those who know me consider me thoughtful, intelligent, very literal (I neither get jokes nor succeed in my attempts to make them), and honest to a fault - don't ask me a question if you don't want the answer.

But then, as they say, there is an exception to every rule.

Seraph from Canada on January 07, 2015:

This is very cool! I have the peacock on my thumb! Now I am going to be looking at everyone's fingers, lol! Thanks for sharing this was great!

Alex Michael on December 08, 2014:

Left hand: 5 ulnar loops. Right hand going from pinky to thumb: loop, whorl, whorl, peacock eye, double loop.


KanishkaSutradhar on October 26, 2014:

I have 'whorls' in ALL my ten fingers of both hands. . . all of them are concentric whorls ! !

Sage on July 07, 2014:

Awesome hub. I've got peacock eyes on both my thumbs. What does that mean exactly?

Sammy on June 22, 2013:

I try the reading with computer program, they get the data pattern from lot's of people, and analyst the behavior, and it's worked. I think the idea is like xilem and floem in tree.

I'm a realist person, and when I saw it at beginning, "WTF, this is bullsh*t!", but when my family try it, It's about 85-90% accuracy, and I saw with my eyes, that's frightening.

Btw they read 10 pattern of your fingers, not only one.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 21, 2013:

The peacock eye is not often seen, congratulations you are one rare bird! Thanks os much for reading and commenting.

Sevi from Kewaskum, WI on April 20, 2013:

this is a cool hub, how rare is the peacock eye? cause I have it! so apparently I have average in intelligence, a good temper, and artistic and creative.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 18, 2013:

Wow! I would think the double loop will definitely be someone to avoid. Thanks for sharing!! Thundermama, votes up and passing on.

KenWu from Malaysia on March 09, 2013:

I've 'The Whorl' on all my fingers.. not sure if it is a bad thing.....

But thanks for the tips.

UP, Useful and Interesting!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on February 25, 2013:

Thanks so much elle for your lovely comments and stopping by. I agree it is a fascinating topic.

Elizabeth Hanks from Queen Creek on February 25, 2013:

This is a very interesting article! I had no idea that fingerprints could tell so much about a person! Great topic choice and stellar writing!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on February 11, 2013:

@ tattuwurn, thanks so much for commenting. I too find this subject very interesting and am glad you're not taking your findings too seriously.

@livewirez glad you enjoyed the hub and interesting that you covered this in school. I would love to read a hub about what you learned abou this subject in Crim.

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on February 07, 2013:

This is a such interesting topic. I had studied this topic during my college year on Criminology.

Sangeeta C Pai from India on January 11, 2013:

will surely do so ...soon ..thx for giving me a topic...

annie on January 11, 2013:

worked thanks!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on January 01, 2013:

Thanks for reading and commenting. It sounds like you know quite a bit about this subject yourself. I would really enjoy reading a hub you have written on this subject.

Sangeeta C Pai from India on December 31, 2012:

The science is called Dermatoglyphics and fingerprints are used to read the whole personality of an individual while doing psychometric testing ... beware of this when we give our prints while biometric identification are done ....we hand over our prints , it is a complete dossier to our personality....

actually in India ancient science of Nadi shastra did just this where an individuals finger prints were READ....

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on November 08, 2012:

Enell, pst, thanks so much for stopping by and glad it made you look. Definitely a fun way to find out about yourself.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 08, 2012:

This is a great hub. I had no idea that palm readers looked at fingerprints too. Very interesting and of course I had to check mine out. Thanks for helping me to find something new and interesting to consider today. ps

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 31, 2012:

Very interesting! Made me look LOL

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on October 29, 2012:

Thanks europewalker. It's a fun exercise to do. Enjoy!

europewalker on October 29, 2012:

Interesting hub, I will have to see what kind of fingerprint that I have :)

Thundermama on October 29, 2012:

Thanks so much Alecia! My husband and I were just discussing that very topic the other day. It would be very interesting to do an actual study of what kind of fingerprints certain criminals had.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 29, 2012:

This a cool hub! I watch a lot of shows like Law and Order, so I wonder if in real life they profile criminals by their fingerprints. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and shared!

tamron on September 24, 2012:

Wow! I want to check my finger prints this hub is interesting. I am bookmarking so I can read and checkout my fingerprints. Probably everyone elses!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 24, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting P99. It's quite amazing what we can find out about ourselves.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 24, 2012:

This is a very interesting and entertaining hub. I didn't know that you your finger tips and personality were connected in any way. This is a very interesting hub.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 13, 2012:

You know I've never heard of anyone losing their fingerprints before. I can imagine they gave you all kinds of trouble becoming an American citizen. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on September 13, 2012:

This is really interesting. My fingerprints are no longer in existence. When going through the rigamorole of becoming American citizens, I almost couldn't make it through because they could not get a set of fingerprints from me. They tried nine times. Mine have disappeared. Otherwise, I would check to see if I fit into one of the categories you have laid out.

Great hub. Voting up and interesting.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 13, 2012:

Thanks Teaches, glad to have shared something new.

Dianna Mendez on September 12, 2012:

No wonder they use fingerprints in crime scene investigations. I learned something today! Great hub and well done.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 11, 2012:

JP thanks for the positive feedback. And you are so right, being to read fingerprints is a great icebreaker.

JP993 from England on September 11, 2012:

What a fantastic hub!!! This info is great and great to use as a rapport builder at parties and social gatherings. Can't wait to use this :D Thank you!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 11, 2012:

Now that's what I call the perfect combination. Thanks for reading Om.

Om Paramapoonya on September 11, 2012:

Very interesting hub. I have 5 loops and 5 whorls, which means I can be both flexible and organized! Yay!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 11, 2012:

Thanks so much MamaKim for the share and I am glad you found it fun.

And thank you to you new used for the read and comment. I found it easiest to read my prints when I used an ink pad.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on September 11, 2012:

This is something very unique hub you have shared. I really love this reading. When I had tried to compare my finger prints with the given one... it all looks similar...and make me confused...haha... but It is a nice hub

Aloe Kim on September 10, 2012:

What an entertaining hub!! ^_^ I've thoroughly examined my fingers and found that my entire left hand is made up of loops but my right hand has a whorl on the thumb and ring finger and my pinkie is a peacock! ^_^

I so hope you write a sequel to this ^_^ voted a bunch and shared!!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 10, 2012:

Thank you for the kind words Eric. It certainly is a fun exercise to see what you can find out about yourself.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 10, 2012:

Wonderful hub. Enlightening and entertaining. I will test and apply the seemingly accurate concepts. It would be easy enough to tell by compiling the documentation. Close to science.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on September 10, 2012:

Wow, thanks for the great comments. I'm not sure if it's all true or not either, but definitely interesting. I too have whorls on both of my thumbs. Guess I'm a bit of a bossy handful.

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on September 10, 2012:

I liked this. I seem to be one of those with whorls on both thumbs.

Natasha from Hawaii on September 10, 2012:

Hm. I don't know if this is true or not, but looking at the fingerprints is really interesting! I'd never even wondered if particular fingerprint patterns were common and hadn't looked at mine. Thanks for an interesting read!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2012:

This is very interesting. I think I'll go and check if one of my sons has an ink pad I can borrow and see if I have any of these prints you have written about.

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