Table of Contents from The Face Reader by Patrician McCarthy, published by Dutton, 2007

You also are welcome to download a PDF of the Table of Contents here. Author’s Note xi Introduction 1 How Mien Shiang Can Help You in Your Everyday Life 2 The Origin of Mien Shiang 2 How I Came to Learn and Love Mien Shiang 4 Mien Shiang: A Holistic Practice for Mind, Body, Spirit 8 How to Use This Book 9

PART ONE: THE ELEMENTS OF MIEN SHIANG 11

ONE: What Is a Face? 13

Recognition 13 Communication 14

TWO: The Five Taoist Principles of Mien Shiang 19

The Principle of Harmony 19 The Principle of Entirety 20 The Principle of Qi 20 The Principle of Yin and Yang 20
  • Using Yin and Yang to Read the Face 21
The Principle of the Five Elements 24

THREE: Using the Five Elements and Their Associations to Read the Face 27

What Determines Our Five Element Constitutional Type 29 A Five Element Balancing Act 30

FOUR: Five Element Personality Tests 33

The Five Element Personality Quiz 33 The Five Element Test 38

FIVE: Characteristics and Traits of the Five Element Personalities 41

The Five Element Emotional Traits 42
  • The Defining Emotion 42
  • The Gifts and Challenges of the Emotions 43
The Qi for Each of the Five Element Body Types 44 The Wood Personality 45 The Fire Personality 53 The Earth Personality 60 The Metal Personality 67 The Water Personality 73

PART TWO: HOW WE READ FACES 81

SIX: What Do We Read on the Face? 83

Each Feature’s Own Identifiable Characteristics 84 Interpreting the Features’ Characteristics 84 Face Shapes 86 The Eight Common Face Shapes 87

SEVEN: Inherited and Acquired Facial Traits 89

Our Inherited Facial Traits 90 Our Acquired Facial Markings 92

EIGHT: How to Interpret the Gifts and Challenges of the Traits 95

Using Your Gifts and Challenges 96

NINE: The Specific Age Areas of the Face 97

Gender and the Age Areas of the Face 100 The Early-Age Markings on the Ears 100

TEN: The Two Sides of the Face 103

Unmatching Sides 104 Determining the Yin and Yang Sides of the Face 106
  • Some Exceptions 107

PART THREE: READING THE INDIVIDUAL FEATURES 109

ELEVEN: Analyzing Each Feature for Specific Traits 111

Determining the Size of the Features 113
  • Ears 114
  • Kidney Jing 115
  • Ear Size 116
  • Ear Shape 119
  • The Three Sections of the Ear: Reading for Risk Taking 122
  • Set of Ears 123
  • Ear Set and Positioning 124
  • Positioning of Ears 125
  • Reading the External Ear 127
  • Markings on the Ears Relating to Early Childhood 128
  • Helix 128
  • Ear Color 131
  • Earlobes 133
  • Ear Cartilage and Your Basic Constitution 136
Hairline 137
  • Hairline Shapes 142
Forehead 145
  • The Three Regions 146
  • Size and Shape 148
  • Markings on the Forehead 152
Brow Bones 154
  • Sizes and Shapes 155
Eyebrows 159
  • Set and Position 161
  • Texture, Shape, and Length 164
  • Markings on the Eyebrows 167
Yin Tong 169
  • Suspended Needles 170
Eyes 171
  • Size and Shape 173
  • Set and Positioning 175
  • Markings Around the Eyes 177
  • Marks of Infidelity 179
Cheeks 181
  • Size and Shape 181
  • Middle and Lower Cheeks 184
  • Markings on the Cheeks 186
Cheekbones 187
  • Set, Size, and Shape 188
Nose 194
  • Size 195
  • Length 197
  • Set and Positioning 198
  • Shape 200
  • Tip of the Nose 203
  • Markings on the Nose 204
Fa Ling Lines 206 Philtrum 208 Mouth 210
  • Sizes and Shapes of Lips and Mouth 211
  • Set and Positioning 217
  • Markings on the Mouth 219