History and Information on Physiognomy Part 2

About the ancient science Physiognomy or reading lines and contours in a person's face and head to reveal their character, follower and a do it yourself guide.



Many modern scientists have contributed much to the subject. Charles Darwin, for instance, sought to understand human expressions better by seeing their relationship to similar ones in animals. Many famous people, while linked to no school or teaching, have made astute observations about facial expressions which have revealed their practice of the art. Abraham Lincoln, for example, himself the possessor of a firm, generously wide, but melancholic mouth, said, "The dear Lord gave us our face, but we make our own mouth."

Do It Yourself

Schools of physiognomy east and west, while differing vastly in their reasoning, are strikingly similar in their reading of certain basic features. Following is a guideline that will enable a beginner to recognize some of the most important of these. Remember, however, judge nothing in isolation. One tendency may be outweighed by a stronger, opposing one. Most important, always look for harmony or the lack of it. Harmony, even of individually negative features, can bespeak the strength of character to overcome difficult tendencies. Begin with the most obvious. The feature that you notice first is likely to be the dominant one.

Consider the skin. Is it fine and delicate? Or is it thick and coarse? The skin is the major form of protection against the elements. One who is "thin-skinned" is naturally more refined and sensitive, more easily hurt, less able to survive the pressures of a highly competitive job or to be content in the rough atmosphere of a farm or factory. Women with fine skin like delicate surroundings. The men have a gentleness about them. The thick-skinned man, one the other hand, probably would make a good foot-in-the-door salesman; opinions of others just bounce off him. He is well protected and therefore could be said to be insensitive. A thick-skinned woman tends to be outdoorsy, hearty, plain-spoken, energetic, and physical.

Observe the hair. It gives an indication of a person's nervous system and resilience. Is it baby-fine and wispy? Watch out, this person has low tolerances. Coarse? High tolerances, more resilient. Very curly? This person often is running on nervous energy. If coarse and curly, they can bounce back; if fine and curly, the are brittle and could snap. Is the hair lank and lifeless? Besides having poor health, this person is low on energy, lethargic. Straight and bouncy? This person tends to be easygoing and controlled.

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