Newsletter – October 2014

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Hello,

Once again seasons have changed…how beautiful it is, too.

This month I would  like to emphasize the work of Seattle based artist Gary Faigin.

The basic foundation of every class I teach is awareness of facial emotional expressions and I have often recommended Paul Ekman’s work. Another invaluable reference book I encourage you to add to your reading list and resource library is ‘The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression’  by Gary Faigin, (ISBN 0-8230-1628-5). Whether you want to draw or not, the work of this exceptionally talented artist and author provides clear, concise and precise information on how key facial muscles form various facial expressions. Studying his work enhances one’s abilities to observe and understand facial emotions more keenly. He generously granted permission for the use of these drawings to illustrate basic facial expression.

Thanks to each of you who participated in the September class on personality profiling – you made it a very special experience indeed!

Wishing you all the best,
Glenna

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In this issue

1.  Overview of facial features and their associated meanings – the neck

2.  More on facial features – neck qualities

3.  Glenna’s reading of the September 2014 Face of the Month (www.glennatrout.com)

4.  FAQ

5.  Face of the Month – October 2014

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1.  Facial features and their associated meanings – the neck.
Many of us may think the neck exists only to hold our head at the top of our body. But if we look from a different perspective, we can view the neck as a stress barometer, an energy shunt system relaying and controlling the flow of emotions, impulses and reactions. In this area we can observe such traits as flexibility, judgement, ‘swallowed hurts’, self-expression or repressed emotional expression and creativity. The way in which an individual holds their neck provides clues about how they feel about and respond to others.

There are many more specific examples in the What’s In A Face? A Dictionary for Heart-Centered Face Reading by Michael J. Lincoln. This reference dictionary of facial features and their associated meaning can be ordered online if you visit http://www.talkinghearts.net.

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2.  Facial features and their associated meanings – neck qualities.
Neck qualities reflect the person’s relationship to their feelings, desires and intentions. They also display the individual’s orientation to the social environment. For example, when vertical tendons or muscles are highly visible in the neck, think of what the cause might be. Is the individual in the process of lifting weights and therefore straining every muscle from physical exertion, or is it emotional stress creating that amount of tension? If it is emotional tension, might it be from an experience of trying to deal with too many (real or perceived) responsibilities, a conflict between reason and emotion, or a self-censoring fear?

Just by noticing more, being curious and forming questions to explore encourages us to gather more information from people we are dealing with. Through this process it is possible to become less judgemental.
If you are interested in reading more details of these facial features and their associated meaning, I once again encourage you to study ‘What’s in a Face? A Dictionary for Heart-Centered Face Reading’ described above.

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3.  Glenna’s reading of the September 2014 Face of the Month (http://www.glennatrout.com)

Devon_FoM_sept_2014Traits revealed in this face include an idealistic determination, warmth, a highly intuitive capacity as well as youthful naivety. He has the ability to use words in a range from being profound to being intentionally obscure or ambivalent. He is creative, comfort-oriented, can be practical, yet possesses a strong commitment to impose his will.

Even though the differences between his ‘social mask’ (his right side of the face) and the ‘real self’ (his left side of the face) are less noticeable at first glance, it is worth paying attention to.

Behind his ‘social mask’ is more vulnerability.

For those studying personality programmes: ORD, Bootstrap, LAM, PANG and slight bit of SLIM (in his private side).

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4.  FAQ’s – “Is it possible to read one’s own face?”

Glenna replies – To respond to the question in terms of – ‘can anyone read their own face?’ my answer is a resound “absolutely!” However, it is best to do so from a photograph or a range of photographs. Still, one of the biggest challenges is to be compassionate and as objective as possible. Applying the face reading tools to the photograph one layer at a time, charting your observations in sections, and then noting the patterns as well as the unique qualities that emerge, assist this process. Remember to be a true friend to the person in the photograph (you!) – praising those aspects of personality you admire and gently assessing what aspects of the observed personality you are uncomfortable with. Then choose to change the aspects where you find discomfort to get to the point where you can ‘relax into your own skin’, being comfortable and proud of the person you are.

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5.  Face of the Month – October 2014

Portrait Of Middle Aged Man Smiling At The Camera

I am always fascinated, and flattered, by the visitors to my Blog.

Last month people from such diverse places as Brazil and India showed interest in facial communications.

It is impossible to identify how many visitors try their skills with my monthly ‘Face of the Month’ challenge, and I always welcome your comments and ideas.

Email: glenna@glennatrout.com

Next month I will reveal my interpretation of the facial features for the guy on the left.

Good luck with all your observations

All the best,

Glenna

Website: http://www.glennatrout.com

 

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