The Art of Physiognomy
“Don’t take something at face value” – agreed. But, what if there exists an art that allows us to assess or judge a person based on one’s appearance, especially based on the face and facial features? Welcome to the world of Physiognomy. In layman’s terms, physiognomy is nothing but face reading. In fact, face reading is an ancient practice and dates back to the times of Ancient Greeks and Indians.
What Exactly is Physiognomy?
Physiognomy is derived from two Greek words, viz. ‘physis’, meaning nature and ‘gnomon’ meaning interpreter. The art of physiognomy has actually seen its share of ups and downs over the centuries.
In fact, it was very popular among Greek philosophers and slowly lost its sheen during the Middle Ages only to be revived by the great Swiss poet and physiognomist Johann Kaspar Lavater during the 18th century at which point of time, it was also referred to as anthroscopy. But at the turn of the twentieth century, this art lost its prominence again. Again, during the recent years, this field has become an area of research, as it has been understood that faces can in fact tell, if a person is trustworthy, aggressive, dominant, shy etc.
A person’s face’s height to width ratio plays a crucial role in determining the inner nature of a person. For instance, those with wider faces are known to be usually aggressive.
Facial Features and Interpretation
The head, hair, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, mouth, nose and the ears – all these enable us to judge the inner persona of a person. So, you can be a bit of Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew by learning a few nuances of this face reading art.
Head. A woman with an arched head means that she leads a comfortable life, a long headed woman has a questionable character and a roundheaded woman is considered to be unlucky. In men, a round head indicates that the man possesses good administrative skills and is a man of status in the society; a long headed man is often not wealthy and a man with a straight head is considered to be a man of intellect.
In this way, every facial feature speaks something about the inner-self of a person. Not only the face but, a person’s neck, height, shoulders, hands, fingers, waist, thighs, belly button, ankles and toes – all of them can actually reveal a lot.
Physiognomy is not an exact science, so one should be careful while being judgmental about another.