There are six types of belly button… and here’s what yours says about you

YOU might think that the hair cut you have or the star sign you are is the biggest show of a personality.

But experts say you can actually tell a lot from the humble belly button.

Whether you have an innie or an outie, this little hole can determine if you'll be a good partner, and even how long you might live for, experts say.

Your belly button is with you for life and the dent in your navel is determined by how the umbilical cord heals and scars, apparently it says a lot about the type of person you are.

It's all down to the omphilomancy theory, which involves studying a person's navel shape to identify personality traits.

This is a type of  Chinese mythology, and people who believe in it say that your belly button shape can even predict how many children you'll have.

Let's just say if you're after a big family, the deeper the better.

According to Berlin psychologist Dr Gerhard Reibmann, author of Centered: Understand Yourself through your Navel, you can also tell how long you'll live by inspecting your navel.


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There are some medical conditions which could mean your belly button looks a bit strange, but the NHS says that this is mostly the case for children or young infants.

It states that an umbilical hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.

The NHS states: "Umbilical hernias are very common in infants and young children, particularly in babies born prematurely.

"An umbilical hernia appears as a painless lump in or near the navel (belly button).

"It may get bigger when laughing, coughing, crying or going to the toilet and may shrink when relaxing or lying down."

This usually corrects itself before a child's first birthday.

While there's no scientific evidence to support the idea that the shape of your belly button can predict your temperament or your lifespan, we certainly found these theories entertaining.

So if you're an adult and you're curious about what the size or shape of your belly button really means, then all you need to know is below.

Protuding Naval (aka an Outie)

A belly button which sticks out demonstrates a strong, extroverted, optimistic character, who is stubborn, a fan of the limelight and perseveres to get what they want.

People who have an outie give their beliefs and opinions a great deal of thought and stick by them. It takes them time to find a compatible partner, but once they do their relationship is expected to be a long one.

Average life expectancy: 72 years.

Deep and round navel

This navel shape indicates a modest, even-tempered person with a big heart and a quiet, shy personality.

They don't tend to tell loved ones and peers about their misfortunes in life.

Average life expectancy: 81 years.

Vertical/oblong navel

This shape of navel is narrow and thin, and apparently indicates a confident, generous and emotionally stable person.

Average life expectancy: 75 years.

Horizontal navel

This belly button tends to spread side-ways across the tummy, and demonstrates a complex and emotional personality.

They don't tend to give their trust to others right away, but if they do, it signals that person means a lot to them. One of their principles in life is to treat others as they treat you.

Average life expectancy: 68 years.


Off-centre navel

This unusually-shaped navel indicates a fun-loving, unique personality prone to broad mood swings, often with heightened emotion.

Average life expectancy: 70 years.

Oval Shape

An egg-shaped navel suggests a hyperactive and over-sensitive personality. Taking things too seriously can lead to them being easily hurt – and they often keep quiet about it.

They are impatient individuals and prone to getting bored quickly and easily.

Average life expectancy: 65 years.

We previously told how belly button shaping is the latest cosmetic surgery trend… and people are keen to copy Emily Ratajkowski’s "hooded oval".

And one husband's giggling post about his wife's pregnant belly button ended up revealing a medical condition.

Experts have previously warned that you shouldn't suck your belly button in to give you the appearance of a flat stomach.

Pelvic Floor Expert Stephanie Taylor at Kegel8 said sucking in involves pulling your belly button inwards and upwards by contracting the top abdominals. This may seem completely normal given how many women do it, but if you do this for too long it can have both physical and mental impacts.

She said this includes issues with your pelvic floor and she said it can also put a strain on your neck and your back.

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