I saw a man with the kindest face and although I had no idea of what sort of a person he was, my assessment of his disposition based solely on my conditioned impulse and thought-process was intriguing in a sort-of way. And this got me to thinking about Physiognomy.

Defined as ‘the use of facial features to judge somebody’s character or temperament’, it is also described as ‘face-reading’. Physiognomy or its founding principles were apparently established as long ago as 2,500 years and was well-known during the time of the Greeks with associations to Socrates, Hippocrates and Aristotle. Sustained during the European renaissance, it is said to have waned during the 18th century, to have been overshadowed by ‘Phrenology’ in the 19th century and to have been resurrected by ‘Personologists’ in the twentieth century.

Phrenology has been condemned and shoved aside as a ‘pseudo-science’ and classed with astrology and other ‘inexact’ sciences by the more conventional authorities but, as is common with regard to most other controversial ‘accepted beliefs’, it has its many followers.

The term Personology was coined in the mid-twentieth century by Dr Edward Vincent Jones, a United States Superior Court Judge, who, having dealt with thousands of court cases displaying every conceivable type of personality from genius to criminal, compiled a list of physical traits which he was eventually able to confidently relate to human character and behaviour. He tried to the best of his ability to disprove these correlations, finally accepting only those which seemed infallible. His assessment of the different types led his to believe that characteristics of a face could reveal the following:

Ears – Rounded ears reveals an appreciation of music and often the capability of playing a musical instrument. Ears that have the outer rims lacking in smooth roundness are usually indicative of those with ‘no ear’ for music.

Mouth – Full lips (especially the lower lip) apparently indicate people that like to talk a lot, whilst those with thin lips are said to be more ‘listeners’ than ‘talkers’. Those with a very thin upper lip are known to be ‘abrupt, often to the point of rudeness’.

Eyes – Those with large eyes are said to be caring and sympathetic and to feel things much more deeply than those with small eyes. Where the space between the eyes is wider than the width of the eye (from corner to corner) are apparently those that are easy-going, but who also tend to be gullible and naïve. Where the eyes are close together, intolerance is said to be the key. These are also people who tend to be perfectionists and who find fault with others and with situations. Where there is a vertical crease beginning at the top of the nose and extending to the forehead, the indication is that this person is a worrier, needing everything to be ‘just so’. The longer the crease, the more accentuated is the trait. Where there is a difference in the size of the eyes, it is said that an unconventional individual exists – one who doesn’t quite see things the same way most others do!

Nose – If the base of the nose is large and broad in the area of the nostrils, it is said to indicate  self-reliant persons, confident of what they can achieve. However, if the nose has narrow nostrils, this is said to indicate a lack of confidence and need for support from outside. If the tip of the nose is upturned, the person should be trusting, open and receptive to new ideas and usually have a pleasant and understanding nature. Having a ‘nose for money’ is said to be associated with a person whose nose curves downwards. The closer the tip of the nose to the upper lip, the more mercenary the person is likely to be.

Face shape – A protruding chin is associated with a tenacious person and a receding chin with a lack of firmness or determination. A forehead that slopes back at an extreme angle is said to denote a fast thinker and if the widest portion of the head is at eye-brow level, the person is supposed to be self-assured and self-confident.

Interesting? Maybe something to it as well, so check it out and see what you can gather from observations of those you know, or meet, or want to do quick assessment of. One never knows!

Java, however, thinks it is a load of bull. But then, what does Java know??!!!