About Face Reading


Face Reading is the art of reading a person’s facial features to reveal information about their personality and provide a picture of their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.  Face Reading is also known as Mian Xiang in China, Gwansang in Korea and in the West as Physiognomy (pronounced with a silent “g”).

Each feature of your face has a different meaning and provides information about you.  The art of reading faces is bringing the themes together to gain insight into the conditions and experiences which have shaped your view of the world and how you interact with others.  As you learn to read others, you will become aware of the vast differences in human behaviour and our individual lens of the world, which influences how we see.

Face Reading at its best is an invaluable tool to assist in identifying core issues and developing strategies to assist the client in making life changes.

Many people ask if learning to read faces makes you more judgemental, but in fact to be a trained reader will make you less judgemental, as you gain greater insight into human behaviour and characteristics.  Face Reading is a skill which allows you to identify core issues and ask key questions on topics which you can already see impacting on the face you are reading. 

Face Reading is an innate skill which we all have as human beings.  As a facial expression is repeated over and over, it can become a permanent feature on your face. Just as the saying goes “be careful the winds will change and you will be left with that scowling face”.  The winds refer to the cycle of life, from season to season, and as habitual emotional patterns become entrenched, they also change the facial expressions and your personality.


Face Reading is looking at yourself and others through a different lens.  It is understanding who you are, why you act and react and how you are perceived.  It is through this awareness that you gain a deeper understanding about yourself and others, and learn to communicate in an effective and meaningful manner. 

Face Reading can reveal a lot about a person, such as:

  • Strengths, challenges and conflicts 
  • Childhood impacts and influences, and how your history may be negatively impacting your current relationships
  • Habitual emotional expressions which show underlying attitudes and insights into what has shaped your personality
  • How others can perceive you and how you see yourself
  • Limiting beliefs and repeating patterns – others often see our gifts, which we have yet to realise about ourselves

With this awareness you can make changes to better yourself and improve the relationships with those around you. 

There are many different reasons why a person may read a face, and the motivation for reading a face will also determine how it is read.  For example, in law enforcement, there may be a tendency to look for clues on lies and deceit; in jury selection it could be to consider which members may be more influenced to your side of the argument; in corporate, to work out the teams who will work well together or to assist employees with the skills of negotiation and conflict resolution; on a personal level, to assist in areas of your life that aren’t working well, relationship breakdowns, or simply for curiosity.  

Linda Thackray teaches this skill, and works with her clients in a variety of ways, to assist them in understanding their natural gifts, challenges and conflicts and how this may play out in relationships and at home and at work.


A Face Reading session can be a general reading directed by the therapist to reveal what is most prominent that day, or directed by the client if there is anything presenting as a problem which they would like specific assistance with.  A session is generally made up of two parts, the Face Reading itself and a photo analysis.  Sessions can be offered face-to-face or via a video call.

The Face Reading session will start with identifying natural talents, before going into any challenges which may be seen.  An example of this may be – “you love people and are a born nurturer, but your desire to help others is creating distress in your own life, and your discomfort of saying NO for concern of hurting others is creating problems for you”.

The second part of the Face Reading session is an analysis of a photograph of your face.  Your right side of your face will be mirror imaged, so as to have two right faces together, and the same with the left.  The right side of your face represents your Masculine energy and is associated with how you present yourself to the outside world. Consider this to be your Public Face or Mask.  Your left side represents your Feminine energy and internal world which is the side only those close to you get to see, and for some only a very few people are invited into this space.  The differences between these two sides provides information on how you engage in life and provide indicators to ask specific questions for clarification of what is being seen.  

A lot can be revealed in a Face Reading session, and you will be given guidance and tools about what to do with this new awareness, this new information about YOU. 

Prepare to be SEEN like never before.  Expect to walk away with a new perspective and insights to be a better version of YOU.  Let this permeate to those around you, through better relationships and the power of leading through example.  After all, you can’t help others before you help yourself.