Stone Faces Hide The Heart

Andrew (Avraham) Blumenthal
2 min readJan 19, 2019


Some people are so cold and emotionally distant.

They go around with a stone face.

No emotion seems to seep in or out.

The face doesn’t betray the heart in any way.

You say something or do something, and they just sort of stare at you.

No words, no outward response.

Just a stone face like a poker face.

You don’t know what’s behind it.

But worse yet is a heart of stone — nothing impacts the inside just like the outside.

Are some people this way because they have been so hurt in the past that they become hardened like a turtle’s shell to protect from the outside world.

…Ain’t gonna let nothing hurt me again.

Or are they great at using their poker face to fool, manipulate, and get what they are after.

Perhaps the worst possibility is that they are simply a real psychopath — someone without conscience or empathy.

Yes, that is scary because the unthinkable becomes thinkable.

For most of us, reading verbal and non-verbal cues is critical to understanding other people.

Hiding those cues can mean that the stone face is going to shatter someone’s world and that won’t be a pretty face at all. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)



Andrew (Avraham) Blumenthal

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