Is Your Personality Written All over Your Face? Revealed in a New Book, the Ancient Art of Face-Reading

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Is Your Personality Written All over Your Face? Revealed in a New Book, the Ancient Art of Face-Reading


FOR centuries, the Chinese have believed your facial features can reveal hidden truths about your personality. It may sound far-fetched, but a recent study published in the Royal Society Of Biological Sciences journal found men with a certain face shape were more likely to be deceptive. So could there be more to it than ancient myth? Chinese philosophy dictates there are five elements which influence our lives: wood, water, fire, earth and metal. Each of us has a mixture of these elements in our faces, with one of them dominating. Here, British expert Simon Brown -- who has written a new book on the subject -- reveals to Frances Child how you can determine your dominant element and reveals what it says about your character ...

EARTH FACE

Characteristics

Wide jaw, short wide forehead, small nose, flat long eyebrows and large eyes. Celebrity earth faces: The Duchess of Cambridge (above), Kate Winslet.

STABILITY and security are your watchwords.You're methodical, practical and down to earth. Withdrawn and shy, you take a while to open up, but once you've let someone into your life you are utterly loyal and steadfast.

Earth energy is associated with jealousy -- you feel things very deeply and take a long time to forgive betrayal. Totally reliable, you're perceptive and thoughtful and won't don't do anything in a hurry.

You aren't interested in quick fixes, so although others may think you slow and plodding, you do things your own way and in your own time. You have a stronglydeveloped sense of justice and a clear sense of right and wrong.

The Duchess of Cambridge has a typical earth face with her welldeveloped jaw, long eyebrows and deepset eyes. She has very high standards, is hard-working and utterly loyal.

She will offer comfort and steadfast reassurance to her husband. William has a lot of wood energy in his face. He'll be reckless and enthusiastic for new projects, but not that keen on seeing them through.

Catherine will have a calming influence on him. Earth people value family above all else and dedicate themselves to ensuring that their loved ones are safe and secure.

WOOD FACE

Characteristics

Tall forehead, strong jaw, large, close-set eyes, long, straight nose, narrow mouth. Celebrity wood faces: Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker (above), Madonna.

IMPULSIVE, ambitious, ultra-confident and very active, you're a whirlwind of ideas and schemes. You can't wait to get started on new projects, but have trouble seeing them through -- as you're so easily bored.

Your ambition can make you ruthless. In insisting -- despite her husband's misgivings -- on appearing on reality TV show Big Brother, Sally Bercow was demonstrating extreme wood tendencies. Wood people are unafraid of unknown territory and are so self-confident others don't put them off. Your enthusiasm for the new can make you irritable with those who see obstacles where you don't.

A zest for life is infectious, but wood tendencies can sometimes stifle those around them.

METAL FACE

Characteristics

Small, deep-set eyes, prominent upper cheekbones, pinched nose with a strong bridge, thin lips. …

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