It is interesting how a simple concept like Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, became a national media frenzy on the Internet. The new movie, The Social Network, has become one of the most popular films of the year.
What seems most attractive to the human mind may also have a negative impact. Just consider how it is when you look at someone’s face, either in the present or from a photo of the past, it can produce feelings of affection or stir up negative thoughts.
When we look at ourselves in a mirror, we examine and interpret what we see. We may strike a pose that we believe will be more pleasant to others. On the other hand, a person looking at you for the first time might see something completely different, and perhaps want to avoid you as a friend. Have you noticed how some folks want to hug you even on a first meeting or shy away from you, possibly due to your face?
I am sure that there will be a great need for psychologists and psychiatrists to treat many of those who have viewed Face Book as part of their media diets. Consider the following comments from many well-known persons concerning the face:
A beautiful face is a silent commendation—Francis Bacon
We judge men’s abilities less from what they say or do, then what they look. Tis the man’s face that gives him weight. His doings help, but not more than his brow—Charles Buston
He had a face like a benediction—Maguel DeCervantes Saavedra
If we could but read it, every human being carries his life in his face and is good-looking, or the reverse, as that life has been good or evil. On our features the fine chisels of thought and emotion are eternally at work—Alexander Smith
Truth makes the face of that person shine who speaks and owns it—Robert South
A cheerful, easy, open countenance will make fools think you a good-natured man, and make designing men think you an undesigning one—Phillip Dormer Stanhope
Look in the face of the person to whom you are speaking if you wish to know his real sentiments, for he can command his words more easily than his countenance—Phillip Dormer Stanhope
We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins, at once, to refine a man’s features; any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them—Henry David Thoreau
Trust not too much to an enchanting face—Virgil
He had the sort of face that, once seen is never remembered—Oscar Wilde
A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance—John Collier
You are only what you are when no one is looking—Robert Chambers (Bob) Edwards
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance—Jean de La Fontaine
I recommend that you read a wonderful book by Naomi R. Tickle titled, You Can Read A Face Like a Book: How Reading Faces Helps You Succeed in Business and Relationships. The author relates how the study of the face is about 2,700 years old. It has intrigued and puzzled scientists for years. The Chinese were the first to use face readings to diagnose medical conditions. The structure of the face was used to determine personality and also to predict the time in a person’s life when he would reach his greatest potential.
In her book, Ms. Tickle observes that full lips denote the ability to love talking and a generous nature. A square chin reveals a person is good at debating. This science is known as physiognomy (pronounced fisee ah nuh me).
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