Human facial expressions and gestures – how to read people
How to Read a Man. Facial features, gestures, postures, facial expressions
They say that the eyes – the mirror of the soul. But not only the eyes can tell a lot about a person, but also his face, his gait and his figure. A man, his manners, his habits, finally his future – all this is an open book for someone who studies physiognomy, the science of man.
Is it scientific enough?
The morphology of the organic, of history and life, of all that bears direction and destiny, is called physiognomy.
Determination of character by facial features originated in ancient times, but in the beginning this knowledge was concentrated in the hands of a select few people and was ranked as an occult science. Later on physiognomy was treated not only as some rather chimerical art, as sophists, who studied it, though ardently defended close connection between external shape of a person and his internal qualities, but they could not prove this position more or less visually, and after all people are always and everywhere inclined to deny everything that is not quite accessible to their understanding, which is not yet become for them an undeniable axiom.
The mistake, we can now say with certainty, lies precisely in the fact that faith in physiognomy must not be centered solely in the contemplative concept of its plausibility – it must necessarily be based, moreover, on the inner, spiritual impression, that impression which leaves in your soul a well-known individual in addition to his external qualities. For it is indisputable that the great painters of painting and sculpture cannot be considered quite infallible in depicting the character of their creations in the form and complexion which they gave to the creatures they imagined – for perfect infallibility in this you need a deeper and more penetrating knowledge of nature, without which you achieve only a certain truthfulness in the general outward outlines, but in the details – no, far from it…
And yet the mental, mental gift with which the Higher Intelligence has bestowed man gives him the full opportunity to comprehend the precise language of physiognomy… This great book is available to us. No words, all this is not so easy, it requires some exceptional abilities: a penetrating and observant mind, but we can say with certainty that any generally developed man, who would like to arm himself with a firm will and give himself seriously to this work, by observation and study can overcome all obstacles, triumph over difficulties and comprehend the art of easy and fluent reading of human destiny by the appearance of an individual.
The science called physiognomy can be of great benefit: it makes it possible, at one glance, to notice the characteristic features of a given individual, determining the disposition of his soul, the foundations of his character, the degree of giftedness, the maturity of his mind, etc.
Under the mask of skilful pretence often, unfortunately even very often, are given out: vice – for virtue, treachery – for honesty, hypocrisy – for straightforwardness, the narrowest egoism – for the impulse of a noble, chivalrous heart… It is bitter and hard to experience disappointment after discovering the related deceptions or entanglements, and how important after that the good purpose of physiognomy, how beautiful and great enough. Everyone is capable of achieving it by devoting a little of his precious time to it. After spending a few days studying this art, you will realize that this science is as interesting as it is useful. And how much good it would do on a national scale if those in power were able to recognize in their subordinates the duplicitous, the mean, the deceitful, the corrupt, the egotistical. How much hardship our Fatherland would be spared if government officials had a small insight into the people in their inner circle, if they had not blindly trusted their gut, which is usually deceptive.
By penetrating the principles of this science and carefully studying the provisions it gives, you will soon achieve brilliant results- results that will soon exceed your expectations.
The main and most essential rule for studying other people is to first of all understand oneself, that is to say, to honestly and patiently examine one’s own personality, one’s inner self, one’s passions, feelings and sensations, exclusively, of course, in order to have the so-called civic courage to admit one’s own faults and defects.
Such an analysis of one’s inner being has two purposes: a scientific and a moral one. The scientific aim will be satisfied if the knowledge of the self makes it possible to rise to the knowledge of others. The result of the moral side of such analysis is the ability to suppress one’s passions and vices – hence the power – to dominate them…
“The stronger, the more perfect is the knowledge of self and others, the clearer will be the mystery of the inseparable communication of the Great Creator Spirit with his world.”
To a certain extent, more or less noticeably, man’s destiny is in close connection with his outward form. It cannot be denied that many of the instincts, qualities and passions of human nature put their sharp imprints on the bodily physiognomy of the subject, enslaving at the same time his spiritual “self” – his free will by nature… And we would hardly be far from the truth if we said that God, who knows the heart of man, would judge people according to their deeds according to their external, physical (corruptible, as we understand it) form… How many deeds and actions are committed by men, so praised by those around them and utterly insignificant before God. And they will be deprived of their reward from Him, not because they are unworthy of it in their substance, but it will simply be the result of the natural aspirations of a particular bodily constitution… We should not be proud of the virtues inherent in our nature; we should perform all those little things which are against our organic nature, but which lead to moral justice and goodness – that is what moral virtue is about.
The primary source of all science is knowledge of self and the primary virtue is self-improvement. If human wisdom is necessary to govern others, it is even more necessary to win and rule over oneself, over one’s own vices. Many of the so-called great men would probably blush with shame if they were suddenly stripped of the ethereal veil that hides many of their faults and vices from public view… These men, strong and great in public life, are often weak and insignificant in private life.
Man is the crown of creation – on him God poured out the best gifts, but nevertheless, man is the most unhappy of all creatures: his desire for the ideally good, the sublimely good and at the same time the tendency to bad generates in him a cruel, persistent struggle, passions often make him their slave, submitting to their limitless influence. And it is only through the efforts of his mind-the product of the creative and continually perfecting work of his thought-that man becomes the possessor of a mighty mental power, which reveals to him the secret of many, so-called occult sciences, whose knowledge helps him practically, in application to the struggle of life, to triumph over the obstacles that obstruct his path to virtue, and consequently to what we understand by the word “happiness” and to the peace of mind and conscience.
In ancient times, sages who possessed the secrets of physiognomy and chiromancy occupied places of honor in the courts of monarchs. But they did not try to discover the mechanism of connection between a person’s face, his character and destiny. As is customary in probability theory, they approached a person as a “black box” into which there is no way to look. The “entrances”
to this black box are “mysterious signs on the hands” and features of appearance. “Exits” are the features of a person’s character, established according to the empirical rules of physiognomy and chiromancy.
How to learn to read facial expressions
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Reading emotions is an important part of human communication. Recognizing facial expressions or facial expression is an important way to understand how a person is feeling. However, in addition to simply recognizing facial expressions, you also need to understand how a person is feeling. We recommend learning the 7 basic types of facial expressions, finding out when certain types of expressions are used and developing your own interpretation of them.
- Studies have shown that when emotions arise spontaneously, people who have been blind since birth show the same facial expressions as sighted people. In addition, facial expressions that have been thought to be universal in humans have also been observed in non-human primates, particularly chimpanzees.
- A smiling face that does not engage the muscles around the eyes indicates a fake or polite smile that does not express real joy or happiness.  X Source of Information
- Studies have proven that this emotion is the hardest to fake.  X Source of Information
Contempt. In contempt or hatred, one corner of the mouth will be raised, as if it were a half-smile, which is actually a sneer.  X Source of Information
Disgust. In Disgust, the eyebrows are down, but the lower eyelid is raised (causing the eyes to narrow), the cheeks are raised, and the nose is wrinkled. The upper lip is also raised or curled upward.  X Source of Information
Surprise. During surprise, the eyebrows will be raised and arched. The skin under the forehead will be stretched and there will be horizontal wrinkles along the forehead. The eyelids will be so wide open that the whites will be visible above and/or below the pupils. The jaw is lowered and the teeth are slightly separated, with no stretching or tension around the mouth.  X Source of Information
Fear. When the face expresses fear, his eyebrows will be raised, but they will not be arched, but rather flatter. On the forehead, there will be wrinkles in the center between the eyebrows, but none along the forehead. The upper eyelids are raised and the lower eyelids are tense and also raised, causing the whites to often be seen in the upper part of the eye, but not in the lower part. The lips are usually tense and pulled back, the mouth may be ajar and the nostrils dilated.  X Source of Information
Anger. In an angry face, the eyebrows will be drooping and drawn together, the eyes are bulging or tense, and a vertical line appears between the eyebrows and the lower tensed eyelids. The nostrils may be dilated, and the mouth is either tightly closed with its lips down at the corners, or it is shaped like a square, as when shouting. In addition, the lower jaw protrudes forward.  X Source of information