2013-11-28 / Lifestyles

Jest for Fun

Lois A. Corcoran Lois A. Corcoran I could feel my honey studying me as I read a short letter. When I finished, he said, “You just went through 10 facial contortions.”

That would explain why my mug feels tired lately. I was completely unaware of all this activity. It’s as if my face has a life of its own. It reacts whatever way it wants to, regardless of my efforts to control it.

Lying is completely out of the question with a mug like mine. It foils even the tiniest fibs with nervous twitches and telltale grins.

Consequently, honesty is the only policy for me. I remember a boss telling me I wore my heart on my sleeve. It appears my eyes, nose, and mouth hang out there, too. Small wonder my Better Half told me, “Don’t play strip poker unless you like the cold.”

People who can control their facial features amaze me. I first noticed this phenomenon in grade school when a classmate turned his eyelids inside out. More recently, I saw a guy on YouTube who can stretch his lower lip up over his nose.

As comical as that is to see, there are folks who can will themselves not to crack a smile over it.

How do these people exercise such control over their faces? The answer may lie in their features themselves.

While researching this column, I found a fascinating web site called 2KnowMyself.com, which introduces the art and science of face reading.

According to M. Farouk Radwan, certain facial features indicate distinct personality traits. Full lips often indicate a chatty individual. Protruding cheekbones suggest courage. Those with large noses hate taking orders. Small chinned people are sensitive. And a narrow space between one’s eyes suggests someone who’s detail oriented.

People have dabbled in physiognomy or the easier-to-pronounce personology for thousands of years. Adam could have avoided big trouble just by studying Eve. If her ears stuck out, it was a sure sign of noncomformity.

Facial features change over time, of course, and so can personalities. Mr. (or Ms.) Radwan goes on to say that older married couples resemble each other “because their personalities come closer, so their facial features follow.”

In fact, I’ve noticed this with Dan and me. My face may be more animated than his, but I see some definite similarities these days. At least my mustache needs less trimming.

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