Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Palin had special smiles for the conventioneers waving "Hockey Moms for Palin" signs. "I gotta love the hockey moms," the first-term governor said. "You know what they say about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 5, 2008 12:00 AM
When you cast your ballot for president in November, something as simple as the candidate's face could play a role in your decision.
Sound hard to believe?
A growing body of research supports the notion that a candidate's attempts to establish himself as a powerful leader can be helped or hurt by his facial features. Appearance is not, of course, the sole factor that sways voters, but experts who have studied the link between faces and people's perceptions say we place more emphasis on looks than we think.
Facial structure can play a role in how trustworthy, strong and charismatic we perceive someone to be, said Caroline Keating, a psychology professor at Colgate University who studies facial structure and perceptions of power.
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, the likely Republican and Democratic nominees, respectively, both have strong features that convey leadership, she said. But their faces may send different messages depending on the qualities most important to a voter.
A square jaw, prominent eyebrows, smaller eyes and thin lips are equated with dominance and strength. Round eyes and a weak chin can give someone a baby face and chip away at his power.
"One reason why it's so important for us to perceive our leaders as competent, credible and sincere is because that makes us feel secure," Keating said. "We identify with leaders. If leaders look confident, brave, bold and true, then we feel we can take on the world."
Keating has conducted research on people's reactions to former Presidents Reagan and Kennedy. Using digital images, she made subtle, almost undetectable changes designed to enhance or diminish their facial features and tested reactions. Giving the youthful Kennedy a more mature appearance made him appear more cunning, while people thought the already-mature Reagan's power diminished with added wrinkles.
Reagan and Kennedy had faces that conveyed power but also caring, which are ideal features for presidential candidates, she said.
The non-verbal factor
Researchers say candidates need more than just strong facial features to win an election.
Choosing a presidential candidate is a personal and emotional decision that can be driven by several factors, including a person's priorities, financial situation and outlook.
For Phoenix resident Mary Beth Borkowski, facial features played no role in her choice for president, she said.
The 43-year-old, eighth-grade English teacher is drawn to Obama because of his views on health care, the Iraq war and early-childhood education.
"For me, it's totally substance," she said.
Even so, appearances can play a role. In the first-ever televised presidential debate, the 1960 matchup between Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Vice President Richard Nixon, viewers perceived Kennedy as the winner after Nixon showed up pale and sickly with a 5-o'clock shadow. Kennedy, by contrast, looked tan and well-rested.
Those who listened to the debate on radio, however, declared Nixon the winner.
Studies since then have shown that facial features can have some influence, but how much and with whom is unclear. People rely on faces to give them social clues about a person, and many believe they can judge character by looking at someone's face, according to a 2000 study by two New York University researchers in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
McCain has a square face and pronounced jowls, features that have been associated with perceived dominance when shown to people in both Western and non-Western cultures, Keating's research has shown. His close-set eyes give him an aggressive look when he knits his brows together.
McCain's facial scars, wrinkles and receded, silver hairline give the 71-year-old the appearance of masculinity and seniority, an aura of "been there, done that," she said.
Voters who are concerned mostly with national-security issues could be drawn to him because of his mature features, she said.
"People who are less confident will be worried about him imposing old solutions to new problems, and for that, they will be looking for someone who looks different," she said.
In that case, they may be drawn to Obama, she said, who as a mixed-race man may appeal to people who want a new way of thinking about problems.
Obama's strengths include a square jaw, narrow eyes, and prominent brow and nose. His brown eyes and full lips lend a feeling of warmth, she said.
Voters who are concerned mostly with the economy and health care may be drawn to Obama's face because his warm eyes and smile convey caring, she said. His oblong-shaped face gives him a mature look, and his well-defined cheekbones suggest an aristocratic air.
"He looks like more of a strategist than a fighter," she said.
Obama's prominent ears could work for or against him, Keating said. They give him a boyish look, making him seem approachable and fun. Voters who mainly are looking for strength could view his boyish ears as a negative.
Predicting on looks
There is evidence that people can often predict the election winners just by looking at faces.
Alexander Todorov, an assistant professor of psychology at Princeton University, gave people photos of unfamiliar political candidates who won and were runners-up in state governor races. He asked people to pick the most competent candidates, and they chose the winners 68 percent of the time.
Whether this reliance on snap judgments is good or bad is hard to tell, Keating said.
"What's the job of a leader? It's to move us," she said. "If you don't look sincere, then you're never going to move anybody. You're not going to instill in them the confidence and the emotional tenor you need to get them to sign onto the programs you think are important. So, when it comes to motivating people, it's all about the non-verbal."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The eyes that angle down from the inner to the outer corners is called Critical Perception.
This person is skilled in seeing the flaw or error immediately, whether it is in themselves or others.
They can be relied upon to offer solutions. In fact, they often feel it is their mission in life to do so.
They notice both the weak and strong points, but because they are perfectionists and problem-solvers, they usually focus on what they perceive to be wrong.
Joyce Carol Oates, well-known novelist, has this trait to the extreme. Read her comment.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The backward balance person is more interested in what is accomplished than in how they might appear.
They will take the time to check out the task at hand with what has worked before. They have so many brain cells devoted to memory, that they are at an advantage tapping into this vast databank.
They often are the quiet “power behind the throne” of famous people. They simply do not need the public acknowledgement and recognition of the forward balance person.
They tend to hang onto past memories, especially those are not negative. They have a tape that constantly runs in their head and can sounds like a broken record, going over and over the past.
Tip About Others ☻ Help these people to worry less about what others may think or say. They have no control over others anyway. Applaud them for their willingness to share the spotlight with others. Congratulate them on their progress and successes.
Tip About You ☻ Use your wonderful abilities to be helpful, considerate and caring. Focus your energy outside of yourself, instead of running the tape of the past over and over. Recall the good times and positive accomplishments of yourself and others.
Let go of vindictive thoughts or relishing the other person “getting what is coming to them.” Practice forgiveness of yourself and others. Direct your attention to what will get you ahead in the future.
The forward balance person likes to rise to the occasion and can be quite dynamic. They look to the future and rarely look back into the past.
They have showmanship ability and can be natural leaders. They do crave attention, recognition, and appreciation for their efforts.
People with this trait are like thoroughbred race horses, thriving on applause and looking for approval.
In an effort to be the center of attention, they may be too loud, put other people down, and ham it up in order be recognized.
Many performers, CEO’s and heads of political parties are forward balance.
Tip About Others ☻ The backward or past focused people do not care for the approval of others, nor do they need a lot of recognition. What they want from you is consistent performance, not excuses.
Tip About You ☻ If you are constantly worried about the future and about what people think of you, perhaps it is time to slow down and look at what needs to be accomplished for everyone’s benefit.
Give others equal time in the limelight and be sure you have a stage or an arena where you can shine and be recognized.
Remember to praise and acknowledge your co-workers and other important people in your life.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas, still in captivity after 6 long years, held by the FARC, (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). Rojas actually had a child by one of her kidnappers, whom she named Emmanuel.
If either one of them survives, let us hope for published accounts of the source of the inner strength.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
● Won’t learn from those they do
● Does not like to be dominated.
● Likes to be their own “authority.”
● Feels competent, but may not be.
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Can he handle the barracudas in Albany? He will certainly have to call upon his inner calmness, humor, and strength to deal with his new job.
A narrow forehead compared to the length of the face indicates low innate self-confidence.
You can see from the prominent ridges that run up from the corner of his eyebrows that he has gained confidence through his life experience.
Let's look at his face in three years and see if it has changed.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Anthropologist Helen Fisher, who, while laudably rejecting the notion that Spitzer's transgressions were anyone's fault but his own, nevertheless added: "All you have to do is look at Eliot Spitzer. He has a high cheekbone and low brow ridges. Those are signs of very high testosterone."
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
You will often see models with white showing under both eyes, as marketers know that it can be mesmerizing.
Don't look at these types of eyes too long, as it disrupts your nervous system and natural rhythm.
White or sclera showing under one eye indicates the person's depth is off and they need to be careful driving. It is a clear sign that they need rest, more water and a resolution of troubling issues.
White under BOTH eyes tells us that he or she has gone down the road of stress way too long.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Read this article from the New York Times regarding former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/us/politics/22giuliani.html?th&emc=th
Then read about visible eyelids and get an idea of what the potential is for this trait.
Eyelids visible – not covered by epicanthic fold
People with visible eyelids, designated a Direct Actionist, need to be freewheeling and able to move into action at any moment.
It is not that they can’t analyze, or that they don’t – they have enough ability to conduct needed analysis for the obvious life situations – but their emotional need is to take quick action – immediately.
Direct Actionists charge headlong into a new situation or a new relationship, without stopping to think how this action might affect other aspects of their lives.
It is too easy for them to let others figure things out for them, relying upon someone else to do the analysis.
A lot of accountability is needed for individuals with this trait (which is usually genetically inherited). Because they can be ruthless in getting to the bottom-line.
Tip About Others ☻ Remember that if they have hidden eyelids, they need to understand before they are willing to act. And if fast action is necessary, tell them you will explain later, and you need help right now!
Tip About You☻ Figure things out for yourself. No more pushing this responsibility off on someone else. Don’t depend on anyone else to analyze a situation for you. (If you have to pay the Piper, then you ought to be the one who chooses the Piper.)
Unless you are in an emergency situation, take more time to analyze before you start to act or speak, especially when dealing with loved ones.
Remember that most people analyze more than you do, so don’t allow yourself to be irritated because others are slower in reaching conclusions.
Eye-to-I, Face Reading for Success™
Laura Rose, Instructor