December 2012

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December 2012

Great response to last month’s caricature by Roger Watanabe  of the Vancouver (Canada) Sun newspaper.

Also, I appreciate you sharing personal stories of either your own experience, or that of friends or  family   members who have experienced Bell’s Palsy.  It is amazing how the ability to show and read facial  expressions impacts our moment-to-moment lives.

As we enter the holiday season, I wish you and all your loved ones well.

With kind regards,


In this issue –

1. Overview of upper half of the face map

2. What to look for in this section of the face

3. Glenna’s reading of the December 2012 Face of the Month

4. Frequently Asked Questions

5. Face of the month – December 2012

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1. Overview of upper half of the face map – This portion of the ‘face map’ reflects the individual’s evaluation of life.  It is possible to gain insight into how life feels to them and what they feel they need to do to make sense of it all.

2. What to look for in this section of the face – The predominant physical cues to look for are things such as difference in eye levels, variations in eye slant, characteristics of the eyebrows, openness of eyes, lines in the forehead, and so forth.

3. Glenna’s reading of the November 2012 Face of the Month

I appreciate how easy it is to let what we think we know about famous people influence a ‘read’. 

There is no doubt that Paul McCartney is creative, talented, determined, productive and entertaining.  In response to my question of what emotions you observe in this drawing of his face, your answers included happiness

(I personally do not see many signs of this emotion in this particular drawing except for the laughter lines going upward at the edge of his left eye), sadness, grief, smug, tired, emotionally disconnected,  whimsy, mirth and anger.

For those studying personalities  ORD, Bootstrap, AYM, PANG.

4. FAQ“Is it a fact that when someone looks up and to the left as they answer a question that they are lying?”

Glenna replies –  In a word, no.  I am actually asked this question in many of my classes.  Detection of deception is always challenging and I discourage the application of such a simplified or generalized ‘rule’.  There are many reasons a person may move their eyes to various positions while answering a question or sharing a thought or memory.  It is important to learn to calibrate what gestures and physical responses the person has during a wider range of conversation before applying specific tools for detection of deception.

5. Face of the Month – December 2012

To end the year I have selected the face that I hope will test your ‘Face reading’ skills.  Good luck.

Jimmy Saville

Happy Festive season, and as always I welcome your observations and comments.

All the best for 2013,