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Glennas Face Reading skills were featured in a 2009 BBC article, written by Linda Walker,

Barack behind the mask!

As the world marks the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, a Suffolk face reader claims to look behind the public mask to find out about the real Obama.

Born in Montana, Glenna Trout was the first female police officer promoted through the ranks, reaching the level of Lieutenant with the Bellevue Police Department in Washington State before retiring early through injury. She relocated to Suffolk in 1992 after meeting her husband and now runs Facing Facts, an organisation which offers classes in the practice of face reading.  It was her police work alongside her interest in people and personalities which led her to face reading, a practise through which, some claim, you can use facial expressions and features to unlock a true picture of an individual.

 Face Reading

“Face reading has actually been around for thousands of years and is based on Chinese physiognomy, where they look at the face and use it to determine your health but also your personality and your state of being,” explained Glenna.

“The way I’ve been trained in face reading is to understand a person’s personality, their belief systems and their emotions, so I don’t use it for health reasons.

“As my background is in law enforcement a lot of what I do with face reading is along the lines of interview and interrogating and it can also be used for human resources, personal growth and any number of things.”

Glenna has been practising face reading for over 20 years and has worked with a number of world renowned organisations including Scotland Yard.

She has developed presentations and workshops on face reading and trains extensively on the topic of domestic violence prevention.

“The way I got into it was a friend knew how interested I was in studying people and she heard about the classes and dragged me along because I was a complete cynic,” explained Glenna.

“I prefer that people are a bit cynical about it because I want them to get familiar with the tools and try and connect with them and use them on their own rather than just believing what somebody else says.”

Glenna uses a variety of tools including face mapping and mirror imaging to reveal different aspects of an individual’s personality.

The left side of the face is said the represent a person’s private self and show their core beliefs and feelings, where as the right side is the social mask and offers an impression of how the person feels about public elements of their life.

“If you’re forming a first impression of a person you look at their left side and then their right side and see how different they are and the more of a difference there is you can start asking why that might be.

“Obviously if there is a history of a stroke or some kind of injury then that leads to another explanation, but if that’s not the case we start looking at other behavioural explanations as to what it might be.”

Looking at Obama

Glenna finds politicians fascinating people on which to carry out face reading studies, due to the ever changing and highly pressurised work that they do.

She believes that we can see a lot about Obama’s potential as a President through using mirror imaging.

 When you do the mirror imaging you can see that he is fairly congruent, you can see that each side of his face is fairly similar to the other which means that the person you see in public is very similar to the person in private, there is not a two-sided person there.

To use the mirror imaging tool you can take a photograph of someone looking straight at the camera and duplicate either the left or right side of their face to create a mirror image.

Glenna uses a computer system to do this, though she believes that with practise anyone can use the mirror imaging tool instinctively without necessarily using photos.


Barack Obama’s left sided mirror image

“Before we had the computer system I used to take the photographs to the print shop and ask them to print the negatives right side up and then print them wrong side up.

“Then I’d cut them in half and stick them together and of course they all thought I was nuts.

“You can train yourself to do it but it helps to practice on paper and see it in print.”

“When I look at his attitudes he is a man that takes his responsibilities very seriously and has done from a young age.

“What’s really promising about Obama is that there is a real deep respect in his face, there’s not a lot of fear.

“When you look at a lot of other political figures they have a lot of fear and you know they are going to react rather than be proactive.”

Looking for change

Glenna feels that a huge part of what Obama and his new administration bring to the table is a sense of optimism and hope which moves away from a very real sense of fear, which some feel was generated by the previous administration, and which has dogged American political relations and social attitudes.

“Under Obama I really feel we’ll start to see a change and see that most living, breathing people are really good people.

Dick Cheney’s original image

As well as looking at Barack Obama’s facial characteristics Glenna has also looked at a number of figures within George W Bush’s administration including Vice President Dick Cheney.


“If you look at a mirror image of one of his photographs his characteristics suggest that no matter how charming he might appear there is a great deal of anger in him.”

Dick Cheney’s left sided mirror image

Glenna says that open nature she sees in Barack Obama can also be identified in a number of other public figures. However the changes and high pressures that come with political responsibility can alter this very quickly.

“I was quite impressed how open Tony Blair’s face was when he first came into office and it is fascinating to study politicians because you can see how heavy the responsibility of their office rests at particular times.

“Tony Blair started closing down quite a lot and there was a lot more grief in his face with certain things.”

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