History and Information on Physiognomy Part 3

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.


The Chinese divide the face into three zones. The upper zone, from the hairline to the eyebrows, is the indication of a person's intellect; the middle zone, from eyebrow to tip of nose, indicates temperament; the lower zone, from the tip of the nose to the chin, indicates the physical nature. A person with all three zones perfectly balanced and equal in length will be a confident, well-adjusted, effective individual. Great achievers and geniuses are seldom well balanced, however. Philosophers and scientists may have overlarge foreheads. Large, prominent noses usually belong to people who can cope with anything; Aristotle chose as generals for Alexander the Great men with long Roman noses. A short lower zone indicates a loner, while a heavy-jawed, wide-mouthed person tends to be family-oriented, earthy, and affectionate. A look at the major features, zone by zone, should yield much information.

A high, wide forehead indicates intelligence; a low, narrow one shows a more intuitive nature. A broad forehead reveals more self-confidence and outward-directedness than a narrow one. Uneven hairlines belong to individuals who have had difficult childhoods. They are usually rebels or neurotics. Wrinkles that are deep but broken show lack of perseverance. Deep wrinkles toward the browline show and emphasis on family and everyday life; toward the hairline they show concern with the spiritual and the intellectual. Vertical lines reveal a worrier.

The larger the eyes, the more emotional the person. Wide-set eyes (think of cows) mean a person is easygoing; closely set eyes (think of a snake hypnotizing its dinner) indicate someone more calculating and exacting in nature. Pick for your figures clerk someone with narrow-set eyes; for your den mother, someone with wide-set ones. "Laugh lines" indicate a good-humored person. Eyebrows set high above the eyes indicate a formal, stand-offish nature. A person whose eyebrows are set low is more accessible.

Noses are a good indication of a person's interests. The breadth gives an indication of breadth of vision. Narrow-bridged noses belong to the more selective, while broad bridges show a wide span of activities and awareness. A person with a broad-bridged, even nose would be an entrepreneur, while a narrow-bridged person would be the specialist. A long nose indicates tendencies toward the spiritual and aesthetic; a short one, toward impulsiveness, without direction. Wide-flaring nostrils show a tendency to temper, while bulbous-tipped noses belong to kindly, open people. Roman noses belong to strong, acute, sometimes harsh individuals, often to great businessmen; turned-up noses incline more toward service.

Ears placed higher than the eyebrows indicate great perception; very low-set ears-below the eyes--show dullness. Ears protruding forward indicate a forward-oriented, curious individual. If they are set back on the head, the person is easy to incite (think of a dog with its ears flattened back). Small ears indicate selfishness.

Mouths are a giveaway. Wide mouths indicate generosity, full mouths sensuality. Tight mouths give little away. Thin lips show a cool and calculating nature. Small, fine mouths tend to selfishness. Downturned mouths are pessimistic; upturned, optimistic.

The information given above, if the combinations are analyzed correctly, will enable you to choose the mechanic most likely to listen to your hard luck story; to decide whether or not to try to reason with the traffic policeman; or to know whether to accept or decline that traveling rep's invitation to dinner. Finer discernments would require further study and practice.

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