Face Pattern Analysis: It Has Come a Long Way

face pattern analysisFaceReflect’s Face Pattern Analysis (FPA) represents a huge technical achievement.  FaceReflect’s sophisticated program analyzes the relationship between the face’s features and is able to, uncannily, offer insights into personality, character and preferences.  Whether you love nature, are a homebody, have great analytical skills or are innately trusting of others are all features that show up in one’s face. Since the time of Aristotle, scientists and philosophers have been fascinated by the relationship between people’s physical features and their personality. Physiognomy, the approximately 2,700-years-old study of the face, has intrigued and puzzled scientists for years. The first known face readings were made by the Chinese, who used their observations for diagnosing medical conditions. Later, the structural indicators of the face were used to determine personality types. This also included predicting a time in a person’s life when he or she would reach their greatest potential Face Pattern AnalysisFace Pattern Analysis is the relationship between the facial structure and personality.  Many of the traits can be seen at the time of birth. The system that FaceReflect uses applies across all cultures and is the most accurate face reading system used today.


Illustration in a 19th-century book about physiognomy.

Physiognomy “the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face”  (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy) can be traced back to the time of the Greeks.  The first time a theory of this type was put forth was in Athens in the fifth century BC; it was created by Zopyrus who was actually thought be an expert in the process.

The process of analysis fell into disfavor in the Middle Ages when it was practiced by charlatans and vagabonds.  It was revived and popularized by Johan Kaspar Lavater in the late 19th century but, again, it fell from favour as it was thought to be a pseudoscience.

Then, it was popularized again in the late 1930’s by Judge Edward Vincent Jones.  He  “began to correlate personality traits by identifying their physical markers and the specific behaviors attached to each trait. Prisoners who appeared in his courtroom found a judge who had already “guessed” with great accuracy the crime of which they were accused. Soon, he began teaching his friends this skill and eventualIy started classes.”  (Personology Website)

Robert Whiteside, a student of Jones’ methods, developed a fondness for the work and continued the research in the 1950’s.  Along with his enthusiasm for the revelations the study provided, he found there was a significant correlation.  In that way, his work validated the studies that Jones conducted.

Today, the ability of FaceReflect’s sophisticated programs to recognize patterns in the face is a function of complex algorithms based on Naomi Tickle’s work and the foundational work for Judge Jones and Robert Whiteside.  The system offers a unique opportunity to understand one’s self, and understand others, with a new diagnostic that is capable of analyzing multiple features very quickly.

It is FaceReflect’s mission to offer this technology to help people make better decisions for themselves and for their important relationships.  It is our hope that the system helps to be more compassionate, less judgmental and more accepting of one’s innate abilities and challenges.