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How to do a Quick Facial Assessment

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Conversely, you only get one chance to receive a first impression. The first moments of an encounter with someone new provides an instant, reliable cache of intelligence. Could it possibly be the case that snap decisions made in a flash are more authentic than ones made with more time and information?

When facing a stranger, you automatically sense the energy emanating from this person. Your brain instantly registers this data without interference from logical, rational thought processes. This in turn makes for an unbiased, clean assessment of the newcomer. It is therefore very important to nurture, and remember your first impressions.

Words, gestures and further interaction may soon cloud the original impression. A great technique to keep you focused on correctly assessing a person is to perform a quick face reading. This is achieved easily, without looking as though you are probing or gawking.

One, check out the ears. Large ones indicate an abundance of energy and vitality. These people most likely have a robust immune system. Small ears reveal the person has a smaller pool of energy reserves to draw from, and may take longer to recover from illness.

 Have you noticed that ear sizes seem to be shrinking with each generation? Observe the ears of the elderly, your grandparents, actors from old movies, and historical pictures. Notice any differences? Another interesting feature of the ears is that they are a microcosm of the body, and their shape resembles that of an upside down fetus. Auricular acupuncture can achieve profound results, as the energy of the whole body is contained within the mini-Universe of the ears. 

Moving onto the eyes. Do the outside corners slope upwards or downwards? Upwards reveals a positive, ambitious personality while downwards reveals a compassionate person, prone to sadness. If the inner corners, called the inner canthus, are pointy and sharp, this person can be sharp-tongued and aggressive in speech. 

Eyebrows can also reveal little tidbits of information. If they are arched, then this person is likely pleasant, or eager to please. If the brows are straight then this person is more likely to rely on logic and stick to the cold, hard facts. The heavier and thicker they are, or if they connect forming the hard-to-miss unibrow, the more willful, stubborn and or confrontational this person could be.

A small nose indicates a group oriented person, who can cooperate well with others. They can handle repetitive tasks without getting too bored. Larger noses suggest an independent spirit, self-reliant and opinionated.These people will not like to take orders from others. 

 Looking a bit lower on the face, we come to the lips. Plump ones signify sensuality and generosity, whereas thin lips signify a stinginess with emotions and resources. Lips held tightly pursed together refer to strong will-power. Someone who naturally holds their lips in a slightly open position will be easier to influence.

 A prominent chin, especially one with a dimple in it reveals confidence, capability and an ability to get things done. A small chin denotes a deficit in will power, and is easily persuaded by others. A chin that is orange-colored, irritated or generally rough looking indicates extreme stress.

A lot of information is gleaned from the face. Personality traits are on display, for all to see. As humans we have a propensity for remembering faces. There is even a special area of the brain reserved just for this purpose. The fusiform gyrus, in the temporal lobe, hones in on facial details, sharpening up our ability to analyze and remember faces. We are first and foremost, social creatures, and our brain reflects this.   

 Value your first impression judgment. It forms effortlessly before the filters activate, the mask comes on, or words convey a different story. Initial impressions plus a quick face reading can help you swiftly assess someone’s basic personality. You may discover a hidden, or more subtle character trait, in the face of a stranger, or an old friend.

Vanessa Vogel
Vanessa Vogel
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