Can face reading change how you deal with people at work?

Patty Pasion
Can face reading change how you deal with people at work?
Face reader and astrologer Dadhichi Toth talks about how reading small facial movements can change how you deal with people

If only you could read other people’s minds and understand their true character at a glance – you wish, right? But the fact is that you can!

In fact, your face is capable of many expressions, with some of them being so rapid as to be labeled micro-expressions. These facial nuances are intimately connected to chemical reactions in your brain, which are also, in turn, associated with emotions and thoughts. (WATCH: What can face reading tell you about yourself? With astrologer, Dadhichi Toth)

Note: On September 12, Dadhichi visited the Rappler office and gave a face reading demonstration on 3 different people. Using their facial features, Dadhichi told the 3 models about themselves and about their past. Watch their full session below. 

An introduction to face reading


In 1983 I had the rare pleasure of meeting the world-famous face reader from India, Ramakrishna Sarathy. Over many years we became close and he was able to shed a great deal of light on the fascinating subject of being able to read others. He taught me how to accurately predict how someone might behave or make decisions, which would ultimately affect their future simply by the structure, features and nuances of the face.

This may be hard for rational people to believe. However, an example of his uncanny ability was revealed on Australia’s A Current Affair in the early ’80s when he accurately selected Bob Hawke, then the leader of the trade union movement, from a group of photographs as being the next Prime Minister of Australia. Bob Hawke as the next Australian Prime Minister seemed laughable at the time. Well, some time later, his forecasts proved to be 100 percent correct, with Bob Hawke being elected Prime Minister of Australia in 1983. How was this possible simply from a photograph?

According to him and many Chinese face readers, not only are character and the likely events of life foreseeable through the face, but accurate timing can also be judged similarly. Did you know, for example, that it takes only four or five muscles for you to smile, yet frowning requires more muscles to do that job?

LAUREN. One of the models at Dadhichi's face reading session at Rappler was with Lauren. The tapering off of her eyebrows, he said, indicated poor health, while her forehead told him that she has 'an incredible memory.' Rappler screengrab

With practice and by connecting facial expressions to these internal thought processes, you start to see how the human face reveals so much more than you ever imagined.

Health, science, and face reading

For some years now psychologists and neuro-scientific researchers have also been studying this link and measuring the effects. In fact, even the concept of beauty has now been found to relate our perception of facial symmetry. Unconscious micro-expressions betray the words coming out of your mouths and clinical studies have proved over and over again that non-verbal cues can often say far more than words.

CHINO. Another model at the face reading session with Dadhichi was Chino, who might enjoy gambling, said Dadhichi, because of the mark on his nose. Rappler screengrab

Even without the scientific data, you don’t need to be an Einstein to pick out various features and their relationship to disease. 

Scientific evidence for the use of face analysis and its genetic connections is now quite well known. Dermataglyphics (palm reading and dermal ridge analysis) once considered superstitious, is now taught at many universities around the world. Law enforcement agencies, courts and psychologists use finger printing as a scientific method of identifying criminals and identifying genetic mutations and hereditary factors. The face has the same genetic representations as finger printing. 

On a mundane level you may be totally unaware of the fact that you are always unconsciously reading the face of others through different cues and nuances, and likewise, you’re persistently giving off signals yourself.

PURSED LIPS. Chino's pursed lips, said Dadhichi, indicated that he's very careful with what he says to people and doesn't immediately offer his opinions to others. Rappler screengrab

A grimace of pain, a blush of embarrassment, the pursing of the lips of a young child who’s caught out in an act of being naughty, or even the nose touch can all reveal different things about your subject. Yes, even the nose touch!

The nose touch, and to the same extent, the mouth or lip touch, is now known to be one of those cues indicating that someone may be lying. 

One of the cues or tells, as they are known in face reading, is an increased flow of blood in these facial areas when a lie is being told. There are, of course, other cues, including rapid movement of the eyes, quick blinking, increase redness of the face and neck, and chest and increased perspiration with dryness of the mouth. 

Lying is only one of numerous human acts. Through face reading and non-verbal communication, we can apply these techniques to a wide array of human activities not the least of which is business.

Practical uses of face reading

Understanding others is a key to successful relationships, personally and in the workplace. The need to understand employees is especially important for employers looking for reliable and skillful human resources.

Sales executives dealing with the general public should be able to quickly assess the mood, intent and character of those they are dealing with through non-verbal cues and face reading. Imagine now, armed with the knowledge of the nose touch, how quickly you could identify that the person you’re dealing with is probably not being honest with you.

TIFFY. The cheekbones are a measure of sociability, says Dadhichi, which tells him that Tiffy loves people. Rappler screengrab

And expression is only one small part of this fascinating subject which can be used to great practical advantage. Gamblers in casinos are often regarded as expressionless and are often be seen wearing sunglasses even at the midnight hour.

Have you ever stopped to ask why? How are you supposed to read an expressionless face? If you study how the retina reacts to light you begin to understand exactly how and why the retina opens and closes depending on the amount of light available. But gamblers at midnight aren’t wearing sunglasses because of the amount of light affecting their eyes. It’s far more mercenary than that. It’s because they know full well that the pupil responds to inner chemical processes in the brain as well, such as excitement, fear or repulsion.

Gamblers, well versed in the knowledge of retinal changes, know that inadvertently revealing how great or lousy their hand of cards is to their opponent could mean the difference between winning or losing a fortune. Masking these unconscious responses to excitement or disappointment is all part of their game plan.

FACE SHAPE. Lauren's round face indicates that she has an emotional temperament, but the slight diamond shape to her face also told Dadhichi that she's hard to please when it comes to relationships. Rappler screengrab

The eyes are the most important of facial features, revealing key information about others. With the above information on how the pupil changes with certain emotional and mental expressions, applying this information to social and business situations adds a whole new vista of meaning to the saying ‘the eyes have it.’ Knowing that another person is either interested or repelled by what you have to say by merely studying the dilation of their pupils can save you a lot of time and give you an unfair advantage in negotiation tactics.

But what about the actual structure of the face? Can this reveal anything about others as well? Yes. Continual and repetitive facial expressions carve their signature onto the face over time, revealing those predominant emotions.

THE EYES. Dadhichi noticed that Tiffy's right eye shows more white underneath, compared to the left. Dadhichi said that this means there is an inner restlessness in the person who has it. The right eye also relates with the mother – Tiffy could have emotional issues that she has to work through with her mom, he said. Rappler screengrab

Chinese face readers also believe so. The subtlety and detail that has gone into research, observation and practice over thousands of years seems to yield very accurate results in practice. For example take the following features – and this is only a very broad-based sample which one would find in any given population.

But as with any scientific method, observation and repeated conclusions through those observations will lead you to your own certitude that the human face is a masterpiece of character reflection.

Take just a few of these features an experiment for yourself, studying whether or not these traits singly or in composite tally up with some of the personality traits of those you know. In this way of observing human nature and cataloging findings, you can repeatedly, and with confidence, size up people for business or personal relationships. –

Dadhichi is available to read your faces and invites visitors to send in their photos with their date of birth to answer their questions. He can be reached through or on Facebook.

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Patty Pasion

Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.