The Face Reader


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)

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)

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The Face Reader, Second Edition, and In Your Element : All About the Taoist Five Element Personalities will be released soon to all major online book carriers!

MORE THAN ONE YEAR LATER : See The Huffington Post article What the Candidates’ Faces Reveal that features Patrician’s face reading insights on the presidential candidates. Which face reading insights have proven most valuable?


Patrician McCarthy at 99% Conference
Featured on Business Week, Patrician speaks with Senior Editor Suzanne Woolley about gaining insight into a customer or colleague by reading facial cues.


Patrician McCarthy, founder, The Mien Shiang Institute

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

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