What puzzles (and bothers) me is why I have such an intense visceral dislike for Ted Cruz, even to just seeing his face. Judging people by their looks is a terrible thing, and although it is true that we do judge people almost instantaneously upon meeting them, it is not usually based on whether they are good looking or not, but by more subtle cues as to their likability, trustworthiness, and so on, that are hard to pin down.
It is true that Cruz advocates for the most awful policies, but he is not alone in that regard. All the Republican candidates do so to varying degrees but while I dislike them for those reasons, I do not feel revulsion when I see their faces the way I do with Cruz.
And it seems like I am not alone in my reaction. I have written before about this phenomenon and how a neurologist Richard Cytowic said that a German word that describes Cruz is ‘backpfeifengesicht’ that means something like “a face in need of a good punch”. But why does his face in particular give rise to that urge?
Bill Maher gives us advance notice about what a regular feature in Us Weekly magazine on 25 things you don’t know about celebrities will reveal about Cruz.