Lesson 4. Back to The Main Text

The less, but the better! This principle is applied in all of my courses, and it means that instead of gulping huge amounts of information in one go, we are moving slowly taking little portions of information each time. Today we are going back the original text, and learning something more from it. So, read the text quickly one more time and then do the following quizzes

How to read a face. The art of physiognomy.

  • Are you angry?
  • No, I am not, I’m fine
  • But it is written all over your face!

“It is written all over your face” is an English idiom which means that your face is giving away your emotions and thoughts. Yes, sometimes it is really hard to conceal what you are feeling or thinking! A face can say a thousand words even without speaking

But can your face say anything about your character and personality? Some people believe it might. There is even a name for this kind of technique called physiognomy.

A dictionary says: “physiognomy is the art of determining character or personal characteristics from the form or features of the body, especially of the face”. Physiognomy is very old. It dates back to ancient Greece, China and India, and the first physiognomic theory appeared in the 4th  century BC in Athens. Aristotle, Pythagoras and Socrates believed in it! In the Middle Ages English universities taught it until 1530 or 1531. Many European novelists used physiognomy in the descriptions of their characters, for example Balzac, Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and others. However, modern scientists now consider physiognomy a form of pseudoscience, but there are still a lot of people who think it is all real. 

So, what about examples of physiognomic descriptions?  Let’s look at some of them.

People with a slopped forehead have quicker reactions than people with a straight forehead. They are also fast thinkers and make decisions quicker than others. However, the most creative are those with a curved forehead.

People with big eyes are more passionate and generous than people with small eyes. The distance between the eyes also plays a big role. If you have a small eye distance you may have a very powerful ability to concentrate and more interest in details. Someone with a large eye distance is less focused and more relaxed.

What about a nose? Well, people with a big nose are very ambitious and more independent than others. They climb the career ladder faster, move higher in ranks, and may fight for them. If the nose tip is round, it means that the person is nosy. He or she wants to know everything and may try to get maximum information out of you.

If your mouth is wide, you can make money on anything. These people are very popular and cheerful. They are unconcerned about the future, and may have trouble finding direction in life.  People with thicker lips tend to be more passionate, demonstrative, and enthusiastic when in love.

There are a lot more physiognomic characteristics, and you can find them all on the Internet easily. Anyway, it is up to you to believe those descriptions or not!