Read the Face | Eric Standop

Summary of: Read the Face: Using the Secrets of Face Language to Become More Powerful, Confident, and Connected
By: Eric Standop


In ‘Read the Face: Using the Secrets of Face Language to Become More Powerful, Confident, and Connected,’ Eric Standop explores the rich history and purpose of face reading across various cultures and techniques. He delves into one of the world’s oldest practices utilized to interpret physical features and connected personality traits. From ancient Physiognomonics to Chinese face reading techniques, to understanding our hands as the ‘second face’, this summary unveils the book’s powerful lessons on how we can use face reading insights to reveal our purpose in life, maximize our potential and improve our relationships.

Journey Through the History of Face Reading

Explore the evolution of face reading from ancient civilizations to modern-day practices in this insightful summary.

Face reading has been a practice for centuries, with evidence in ancient hieroglyphics and carvings dating back to South America and Egypt. The oldest surviving book on the subject is Physiognomonics, attributed to Aristotle, which explores the connection between personality traits and physical features. Face reading has passed through various phases of popularity across the years, with fortunes of the study varying from place to place: In medieval Europe, it was seen as a fortune-telling practice and lost its significance. Leonardo da Vinci even labeled it “without scientific foundation.” However, it was revived in the 17th century by Sir Thomas Browne, a physician, and expanded upon by Johann Kaspar Lavater in the 18th century.

In the 19th century, Charles Darwin added to the philosophy of Physiognomy with his work on the universal facial expressions prevalent in humans and animals. Cesare Lombroso, in Italy, advanced his field of criminology by incorporating the same classic principles and Darwin theories into his work. Lombroso also claimed that left-handed people were inherently villainous, a theory which has long since been discredited.

In the twentieth century, newer medical technologies gained popularity and face reading lost its favor in the Western world. However, traditional face reading practices remained an active discipline in Asia, where it originated from the teachings of Lao Tzu, Confucius’ peer.

Though briefly banned during China’s Cultural Revolution, face reading has become popular again in recent years. Nowadays, the Chinese practice of face reading is highly regarded and considered an essential tool by many practitioners.

The Art of Face Reading

Face reading isn’t about fortune-telling, it’s about understanding the “here and now.” The author combines Chinese face reading with other methods but always adheres to basic principles. Each side of the face represents different traits. Eyes and mouth provide the most information. Many face reading methods exist with different zones or regions, but they all have the same basic principles. The author’s preferred method is the Face Shapes Method, which will be covered in the next part. The Five Elements Method is also used where personality traits are associated with wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of Face Shapes

Faces come in all shapes and sizes, but four face shapes are particularly common. Each face shape has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. People with a combination of face shapes can have a mixture of characteristics associated with each. The basic shape of the face only tells part of the story.

Insight Through Facial and Hand Analysis

The face and hands provide valuable information about an individual’s personality and emotional state.

Our facial features and hands offer incredible insights into an individual’s personality and emotions, according to experts in face and hand reading. The eyes, linked to the brain through the optic nerve, are particularly revealing. The white part of the eye or sclera, visible below the iris, could indicate exhaustion or an overactive imagination. If visible above the iris, negative emotions such as anger or fear could be the cause, while sclera visible both above and below the iris could indicate hyperactivity or hypersensitivity. Similarly, pupils can provide valuable information too. Large pupils suggest an open and friendly personality, while small pupils indicate a worrier who has trouble relaxing.

The area surrounding the eyes is also crucial for analysis. A narrow distance signifies a focused individual, while protruding eyes could indicate a thyroid disorder, and deep-set eyes often belong to those who hide their emotions. Moving on to the mouth, experts analyze lip size, shape and corner orientation, looking for instances of creativity, communication, and romance. A large mouth indicates an extrovert, while a small mouth denotes an introvert. Full lips suggest someone who freely expresses their emotions, while thin lips belong to more private individuals. Downturned mouth corners are a sign of negativity, while upturned corners suggest a more optimistic person.

Apart from faces, hand analysis also offers crucial insights. The “second face,” or hands, reveal an individual’s energy levels and health. Hand reading experts assess finger lengths and palm lines to interpret a person’s traits, too, including their communication style, inherent vitality, and relationship tendencies. In summary, face and hand analysis provide an incredible amount of information on both an individual’s emotional state and character, with particular significance for those who want to communicate effectively and build interpersonal relationships.

The Hidden Messages in Your Hands

Your hands are more than just a tool for daily activities. They can reveal a lot about who you are and your personality traits. Originating from India, chirology or hand reading has been considered a serious science. There are four basic hand shapes: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, each indicating different characteristics. Earth hands can be found in hard-working and determined individuals, Air hands in dynamic and logical persons, Fire hands in passionate and honest people, and Water hands in sensitive and curious individuals. The author also shares a case study of a celebrity dentist who had an Air hand shape and was advised to engage in activities that involved mathematics. Your hands, therefore, may not just reveal your personality but also highlight areas of your life where you can thrive.

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