The Face Reader:
Discover Anyone's Personality, Compatibility, Talents, and Challenges Through Chinese Face Reading

What if you could learn powerful insights into a person just by seeing his or her face?

Face Reading tells a person’s story. Whether it becomes an impetus for personal insight or a tool for reading the qualities of others, The Face Reader is the definitive manual for determining the potential of nearly everyone you know—including yourself.

Mien Shiang, or Taoist Face Reading, is an ancient art form that has been used for nearly 3,000 years. At its heart is the belief that our faces are a map of our past, present, and future. One person’s ears might suggest his ability to take risks. Another’s nose might show how ambitious she is. Our eyes may tell the story of how we respond to the world around us. A face shape shows if a person is a natural leader, or prefers to be a team player.

Facial markings may reveal something about one’s relationships or even how they express love. More than that, the sum of all these features shows us a person’s greatest strengths, and biggest challenges. This book offers the most accessible and enlightening introduction to the time-honored tradition of solving the mystery of personality, compatibility, and even destiny. 

The Face Reader is a rare and exquisite book that is at one time deeply informative and artistically inspired. It is a guide to our deeper selves and encourages much-needed compassion for the remarkable range of individual human differences.”
Rubin Naiman
PhD., author of Healing Night, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program of Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

In Your Element - Taoist Psychology ​

Have you ever wondered why you are instinctively drawn to—or pull away from—certain behaviors, styles, tastes, things, places, and people? 

The ancient Taoist philosophers and healers may have been the first psychologists. They observed people and their behaviors and concluded that there were definitive personality types—groups who shared behavioral attributes and personalities. They divided the personality types into five groups based on the Taoist Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each of these Elements has distinct behaviors and reactions, likes and dislikes.

In Your Element will help you discover which Element or Elements best describe you, which ones do not, and which ones you get along with best. This is a remarkable opportunity for self-discovery and self-enrichment and to have authentic relationships with everyone in your life. 

Patrician McCarthy's In Your Element: Taoist Psychology provides fascinating essentials of the Five Elements of Taoist psychology. With each Element, she offers authoritative details that illustrate the distinctive characteristics of each. If you are interested in expanding your mind, understanding others, and becoming better engaged with the world, this book is a must-read.”
Jana Hawley, Ph.D.
Dean, University of North Texas University College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.

Five Steps
and Hundreds of Tips for
The Face Reader

Students, colleagues, and complete strangers have asked me over the years what I think is the ideal way to conduct the best professional face reading — ever. 

The Five Steps to Reading a Face details, step-by-step, the five components of a thorough face reading, the Mien Shiang way. Then I thought of every other aspect of preparing for and conducting the best reading ever and came up with hundreds of tips to share. 

Five Steps — and 100s of Tips — for the Face Reader guides you every step of the way, from having confidence in your knowledge, experience, and style, to booking appointments, creating the perfect environment for your clients’ comfort and privacy, and knowing how to conduct varying types of readings for different needs. There are also valuable tips for creating comfort and privacy for you the face reader, as well as guiding you as you acquire a thorough understanding of your professional responsibilities. 

The practical and extensive advice found here is also ideal for psychologists, therapists, counselors, most healthcare practitioners, and professional coaches who want to provide the optimal preparation, environment, and processes for both client and practitioner. 

This book guides readers through the art of Mien Shiang to gain insight into the personalities, relationships, and health issues in their life.
I consider it a necessity for all clinicians.”
Dr. Jeanne Kane
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Producer

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