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The Face Reader: Discover Anyone's Personality, Compatibility, Talents, and Challenges Through Chinese Face Reading Hardcover – April 12, 2007

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Learning Mien Shiang from Patrician McCarthy has been a valuable addition to my work in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has become an integral part of my clinical practice and my teaching experience with students. I am grateful for everything she has taught me. -- Keiko Cronin, L.Ac, Former Academic Dean, Emperor's College of Oriental Medicine

The Face Reader is an excellent book. Patrician McCarthy has given us a blueprint for a fascinating new way of looking at ourselves and others. -- Michael Edelstein, Executive Producer, Desperate Housewives

Mien Shiang is a powerful tool for those who want to understand themselves and others. 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

Patrician McCarthy has helped us through some of the most significant transitions we've had to face in many years. I am indebted to her for her insight and expertise. -- Ivy Ross, Executive VP of Design and Development, Old Navy, The Gap, Inc

About the Author

PATRICIAN MCCARTHY is the first Mien Shiang expert to translate this ancient science for the mainstream American public. For more than twenty years, she has taught the powerful implications of face reading to medical students, alternative health practitioners, lawyers, Olympics Athletes, and corporate CEOs from Procter & Gamble, Old Navy, The Gap, Mattel, and other Fortune 500 companies. She founded the Mien Shiang Institute, and, in conjunction with the renowned Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, established the first medical certificate program in Mien Shiang. She lives in California and Arizona. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (April 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950004
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am an acupuncturist and had classes on face reading with Patrician while undergoing my Master's training. I found Patrician to be the most knowledgeable in the Daoist tradition of Mian Shiang (face reading). She has a deep understanding of Chinese history and culture which gave rise to a sophisticated system of medicine and Feng Shui. She is truly a genius at what she does. I would suggest her book and classes to anyone who is a student of Chinese Medicine or has an interest in human behavior. This book is more general and less health-oriented than the classes I took, but perfect for the novice to get acquainted with basic concepts of the 5 elements and Yin and Yang and how they manifest in our features and personalities. For the TCM student, the ability to gain this level of insight into one's patients is often more helpful than a tongue or pulse reading. Learning face reading also allows students to see concretely the expression of abstract concepts like qi or fire making it a perfect learning tool. For others, face reading helps one grasp that there are types of people who really do relate to the world differently and how best to interact with these different types of people. Wonderful for relationships!
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Whether we know it or not, most of us practice face reading everyday. We match people to faces, get clues about a person's temperament and state of mind based on their facial expressions, and facial features influence who we look for in different life situations - romance, work, leadership, emergencies, etc. Wouldn't it be cool to know even a small fraction of the things about the face that will help us find our romantic match, the ideal boss/employee/business partner, the most effective leader, or even who we should ask for advice or a shoulder to cry on?

Patrician McCarthy's book, The Face Reader, covers this and much much more. Filled with hundreds of photographs that represent a diverse range of faces, the book does a thorough job of explaining face reading in an easy to follow format. Photos include not just whole faces but also specific facial features. From eye brows to noses and chins to ears, each has a dedicated section in the book along with its associated sampling of photos of usual to unusual variations of a facial feature.

In addition to the tons of photos, I really enjoyed reading this book because it is rich with the author's personal stories and anecdotes about her personal journey in face reading and the people she meets along the way. At times funny, inspiring, sad or thought provoking, her book isn't simply an encyclopedia or a how-to manual to reading someone's face. It also brings a human face (no pun intended) to this more than two thousand year old ancient art form.

Perhaps the most profound lesson I received out of reading the book are the personal insights I got about myself and the people in my life.
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Format: Hardcover
H. Lee & Lia Andrews wrote great reviews.
This is great for anyone who doesn't want a drawn-out book to read, but still isn't dry at all. This can easily be used for a quick look reference as well. Patrician McCarthy has a great personality. She is also very unjudgemental. She only shows all the benefits of any challenge in life... such as Woods have to open up to their anger, but in a constructive way in order to feel the passion on the other side of their personality. That's why Woods make great law enforcers... they live to protect & right wrongs. She has a very positive nature, never says a bad word about any type or any "challenge"
This is based on Chinese medicine, the 5 elements: fire, earth, metal, water & wood. It tells you the basic personality type of those 5, how they relate to others in stress, arguments, etc., what their usual face or body features are, etc.
It has a 20 question quiz to help you identify your type.
It also goes into individual features of the face, shape, eyes, eyebrows, lips, nose, ears, etc. with many b&w photos.

The only thing I could wish for is more photos.
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Format: Hardcover
Well written, engaging, thought provoking. Exceedingly useful for people who work with the public or who want to know more about the people around them. And its fun to read!
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This was the first book i read about face reading a couple of years ago, and still is one the of the best ones i've read. if you are a student in the subject u'll really enjoy this one. excellent explanations about the elements and the facial features, the chapter about ears is particularly good
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By H. K. on November 8, 2009
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After reading many books on this subject, I have bought this one
and it is by far the best! It gives plenty of information
without overwhelming with too much detail.
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I love this book. I have bought it for friends and have recommended it to many others. Why? I think it is the most insightful book on how to understand others and yourself. I have used the principals outlined in this book so many times to help me in sales, business and in my personal life. I frequently pull it out to refer to the pictures. It is well laid out and so easy to navigate. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
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