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By Their Faces You Shall Know Them

Updated on May 15, 2012

A very good friend of mine had this “special” gift. Do you have any idea what it is? Of course, He has the ability to read people just by observing or looking at their faces! Can you believe that?!

At first, I thought it was very improbable but with my constant observation, I started to notice that in most cases, what he tells me about someone finally turns out to be true.

The most astonishing part of the whole strange and surprising thing is that he could be meeting this person for the first time and yet he will still be able to tell you something about this person which most times turn out to be true.

“Just look closely at him or her. It is all in the face”, he will always reply me whenever I ask him how he does it.

So being a natural mimic, I started mimicking him and before you know it, I started to make a remarkable discovery.

I discovered that you don’t even need to be an expert in any school of wizardry nor school of mimicry to see it for yourself. I saw that it was no brainer because every person who is really interested in doing it can actually do it.

In fact, to tell you the truth, you have been doing it all the time even though you may not know it!

And that’s because indeed, it’s all on the face!

Oh yeah! You can read people just by looking at their faces.

If you ever get to read my hub on unconditional trust, you will easily agree with me that one of the main reasons, if not the only reason why jumped into the vehicle and followed us was simply because they could read from our faces that we posed no danger or threat to them!

Granted, there are some other things that will help or guide you in this type of reading. Things like body language and the person’s countenance or mood can help you out but most times but these too can be quite misleading meaning that you cannot effectively count on them to bring you a perfect result.

But that is not to say that you won’t be able to do it because believe me when I say it, there’s this one or two and sometimes even three or more unidentifiable things that is always on the person’s face which will help you to form an opinion of or discover something about him or her…

For example, this is what I have been able to identify just by looking at someone’s face.

Easy going person

This one is so easy to see because it is always there! The softness of the face together with that soft smile dancing around the corners of his or her mouth and creating that wonderfully nice dimples will always covey the message that you don’t have anything to worry about easily puts you at home when you are dealing with this person. Everything about this person suggests a carefree lifestyle. You will find yourself relaxed and easily warming up to this person and you won’t even be able to explain why this is so.

Kind person

Similar to the easygoing person, the kind person is also easy to identify from the facial appearance. In fact, most times they go both hand in hand. When you normally need help, you will easily find this person just by looking at their faces. You will surely see that caring attitude that will make you feel secured knowing that s/he is not going to reject your plea for help.

Serious/No nonsense person

In the same vein, if you are able to identify an easy going person, chances are you can also easily identify the serious or no nonsense person. The way the eyes are set in the head and the way the eyes will be fixed on you, the threatening stern look that is always there which seems to remind you to ‘mind yourself’, the hard mouth coupled with the lack of that jovial smile that creates that welcoming dimples on the cheeks that is always missing will tell you instantly that you should tread cautiously with this type of person.

Criminally minded person

It is this person’s eye that normally gives him or her away. The furtive glances he normally throws here and there, that evil smile hanging around the corner of the mouth, the hard face, the way he quickly avoids direct eye contact, that dark look on the face that usually comes and goes coupled with the restless body gestures will immediately warn you to be on your guards.

Shy person

The shy person is one of the easiest people to spot just by looking steadily at their faces. Granted most people don’t like it when they are being stared at but in the case of the shy person, it is a different ball game because s/he will always avoid making eye contact with you and when you try to look more closely, you will easily ‘see’ this person’s discomfort (or blushing). You will be able to see the lack of self-esteem in this person if you observe him closely.

If ever the situation arises where there’s need for s/he to smile back at you, don’t be shocked when you find out that it will most likely be more of a grimace where you were expecting a grin!

Dull person

You will agree with me, this one is very easy to see as everything about this person suggests dullness, not just the face. The face suggests lack of excitement, vigor and vibrancy. There is always that distant or ‘lost’ look on the face that suggests lack of interest in many things that are going on around him or her. One look at this person’s face, you will just feel that instant plus inexplicable urge to say something like “oh dear…not again! Next person, pleaaase!”

Someone’s age

In a world where people try to hide their real age for various reasons best known to them, this ability could be quite useful. You can tell someone’s age just by looking at his or her face!

You don’t have to be exact but you can guess a very close estimate. The reason why this is very possible is because when you look at this person, there is every possibility that you will be able to guess the age difference between him and you.

And for you to make this mental estimate almost correctly, take another look at the person’s face.

Last word

There are many other types of person you can easily spot on the spot just by decoding the clues their faces are sending although you cannot always find doing that all that easy to do.

For example, I can easily spot these types of people: the intelligent from the way they appear, the cunning/mischievous persons from the ways the eyes glint coupled with that inexplicable smile that is always dancing around the corners of their mouth.

If you look closely, you may also be able to spot people who are easily angered, people who are so aggressive and even people who fear a lot.

In fact, I am beginning to believe I can even spot a crazy person although this is one of the hardest facial readings you could ever do. Do you know why? It is simply because you are never exactly sure what you are looking at or looking for coupled with that disturbing but not too well known fact that most people are crazy already without anyone or even themselves even realizing it!

You just have to open your eyes to see all that!

But before you go out there and start basking in your new found power/ability to read people by their faces, you must also hear this.

First, facial profiling is a function of body language in general. You must also be able to understand body language so that you won’t be getting the wrong message as in situation where a person’s face is saying one thing and the body language is singing a different tune.

Another important fact is the eyes. You should never neglect the eyes because, most times, it can even tell you more than the whole face! In fact, the eyes are just the best part to start with if you really want to know someone by looking at their faces.

But facial profiling is not 100% correct. You are bound to make mistakes so any sensible face reader should also wait for his/her subject to speak before making any conclusion as spoken language can also help out in certain situations.

You should also bear in mind when trying to determine someone’s age from their faces that some people do look much younger than their real age, at least I know someone who does – Me, of course! Some other people do look much older than their real age.

So in such cases, facial reading fails completely and you can never be too sure. Your safest bet is to wait until maybe you hear this person speak and from the way s/he talks or reasons, you may then be able to make that final judgment.

Finally, you should also be aware that some people are masters in keeping their faces expressionless and in such situations there is little or nothing you can do other than to make your own conclusion and hope that you are not wrong.

Because such people can easily misdirect you when you are dealing with them, my advice is to always “look before you leap!”


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    • Emmyboy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Nigeria

      Thank you so much for those words. Of course, I'll keep the wisdom flowing!!!

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      4 years ago

      Your pages are full of wisdom. Let the sharing and learning continue. Love and Peace!

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      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed reading this, it is very true. There is much to learn about a person simply by studying their face. There are some that know this and know what to say or do to mislead strangers however, quite often facial profiling can be useful.

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      6 years ago

      Awesome hub! I think the eyes can tell you a lot about a person.

    • Emmyboy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Nigeria

      Thank you for reading Rodric. At least I'm sure that after reading this, you will start working on that your latent power of facial reading and no longer will you be clueless, or won't you?

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      You said it best in the beginning. We do this anyway. Children, especially the ones who do not speak do it. Signers do it in sign language. We read people all day. We tend to let our minds rest around people that we know and we can misread them because of it.

      some of us, like me, are sometimes just clueless and fail to read people.

      It is important however that when reading people's face that we tell the difference between a moment and a character. Face reading is not fail proof. We can be deceived by the exceptions to the common facial traits. Good hub.

    • Jordanwalker39 profile image


      6 years ago from NC

      haha, well I will try. trust me I don't want people thinking I am a big wierdo lol

    • Emmyboy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Nigeria

      Jordanwalker, You are free to do that but please while you are doing that, can you promise me one thing...?

      Make sure you have so much fun doing that but don't get caught staring, you know?

    • Jordanwalker39 profile image


      6 years ago from NC

      Very interesting hub! I am afraid I will be caught staring at complete strangers for a while now haha.


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