Mien Shiang is a 3,000-year-old Taoist practice that means literally face (mien) reading (shiang). In just moments, one can determine anyone’s Wu Xing-Five Element personality type — their character, behavior, and health potential — by analyzing their face. (More about Mien Shiang)FR2ndCover 600x800.001

The Taoist Five Elements, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, are metaphors devised by the ancient Taoist philosophers to explain the relationship, interaction, and ongoing change of everything in the Universe. (More about the Five Elements)

The Face Reader, Second Edition, by Patrician McCarthy, was just released — July 10 —to all major online book carriers. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many more.  (Learn more) 


Online Face Reading & Facial Diagnosis Courses.We have videos, Flashcards,online.cover5.005 Scatter Cards, Slide Shows, Games, Audio, Self-Study, Self-Assessment, Quizzes, Tests, Actual Face Readings, How-To and Step-by-Step Readings, and, yes, even more! We are excited to debut our new, interactive, cutting edge (hate to overuse an overused term, but it is cutting edge!) Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis Online Course.



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In Your Element : All About the Taoist Five Element Personalities will be released September 2014 to all major online book carriers.


  • Watch Patrician’s talk at 99u Conference
  • Featured on Business Week businessweek.com, Patrician speaks with Senior Editor Suzanne Woolley about gaining insight into a customer or colleague by reading facial cues.
  •  See The Huffington Post article What the Candidates’ Faces Reveal that features Patrician’s face reading insights on the past presidential candidates. Which face reading insights have proven most valuable?

Patrician McCarthy, founder, The Mien Shiang Institute

Listen to a podcast interview with Patrician on Penguin.com:

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Nautilus Book Award  : The Face Reader is a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner.

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