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Benevolence

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Benevolence is a faculty from the discipline of Phrenology.

Definition

Benevolence characterises the true goodness of the mind, the unbiased kindness to do good. It confers thought and regard for the welfare of other people, and finds expression in sympathy and kindly gentleness and compassion, with charitableness and kindness. A weak Benevolence stands for little, if any, thought or regard for others, and a tendency to help oneself, in neglect of others.

Localisation

Benevolence is located in the upper part of the forehead. This part is very convex when Benevolence is strong; a slanted forehead often comes with a negative Benevolence.

Interaction with other faculties

  • Negative Benevolence + positive Firmness: authoritarian personality without consideration and humanity.
  • Negative Benevolence + positive Destructiveness: propensity for unkindness or cruelty in one form or another.
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