Well, it turns out that a great way of predicting personality has been staring us in the face all along! Welcome to the Chinese art of face reading, practiced in the orient for thousands of years and still going today.
The art of face reading was developed as part of the Chinese medicine practices, and is based on the principle, that your child’s personality is literally written on their face, and falls within one of the five elemental categories of nature – Earth, Fire, Wood, Metal and Water. So which one do you have?
Earth – The Earth child is characterised by a round, full face, with fleshy earlobes and lips, and a wide nose. The body tends to be stocky, with thick calves.
Earth children are loving, loyal people, and also tend to be thoughtful and reflective. They don’t seek the limelight, preferring lots of quiet time with friends and family. Your little Earthling may be a little clingy in the early years, but soon blossoms to enjoy their own company, becoming focused and easy-going.
Fire – You can spot the Fire child by their slim/skinny body, sparkling eyes and narrow features. Curly hair and dimples is common, as is a ruddy complexion.
These little performers are easy to spot! All that chattering, energy and acting up, all points to the Fire child. Best use up that energy by encouraging socialising and sports, so you can depend on a bit of ‘down time’ in the evenings!
Wood – Strong features, prominent brow and jaw and a rectangular face with lanky body – that’s your Wood child.
If you’ve been asked ‘Why?’ a hundred times before breakfast, it could be you have a Wood personality in the house! These little free spirits love the outdoors and the feeling of freedom to explore and investigate everything around them. Best keep up! They’ll test the boundaries and won’t take no for an answer!
Metal – Wide-spaced features with high eyebrows and sunken lower cheeks. Also look for a largish nose, and fine wrists and ankles.
The Metal child knows her mind and knows what she wants, but goes about it quietly and sweetly. She prefers stable environments and is easily thrown out of sorts when there’s too much discord or drama. Prone to stubbornness, but happiest when amongst family and friends.
Water – The Water child typically has a strong chin with lustrous, wavy hair on top. Large ears, a rounded forehead and some puffiness beneath the eyes.
You’ll know your Water child by their smart, sensitive natures. They try to keep their own thoughts and feelings under wraps, but some ups and downs will alert you to when support is needed. Having said that, they’re fun and outgoing, but will soon need to recharge with periods of quiet and calm.
You can find out more about Chinese face reading with The Wisdom of Your Child’s Face: Discover Your Child’s True Nature by Jean Hamer (Hay House £12.99)