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What is Physiognomy? Marthie Mare Explains and Reads Kahn Morbee’s Face (Video)

Legkaart van jou gesig: Fisionomie in 'n neutedopYour Face PuzzleEarlier this year physiognomist Marthie Maré, author of Your Face Puzzle: Physiognomy Simplified (Legkaart van jou gesig: Fisionomie in ‘n neutedop in Afrikaans), spent some time with The Parlotones singer Kahn Morbee and Sunday Times reporter Leigh-Anne Hunter to demonstrate and discuss the science of reading people’s faces.

Explaining why physiognomy is a valuable tool both in the corporate and personal worlds, Maré says: “If you know why your colleague acts like this or that, then you know how to adjust your approach. Physiognomy is not about judging people. It’s about understanding people.”

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The Parlotones singer Kahn Morbee, having his face perused in a Joburg coffee shop, is sceptical. “I don’t know how much of this is esoteric, hippy stuff,” he says.

I’m waiting for Maré to whip out a pair of callipers. Instead she scans Morbee’s face like she’s reading the menu, rattling off observations.

His forehead is slanted: he’s a visual person. His heavy eyelids show his relationships must have substance. “I’m just giving you the highlights,” Maré tells him. “I’m bald. I don’t have highlights,” he says. Ah. That would be the sense of humour she saw in the creases around his nose.

Even his Tolstoyan eyebrows don’t escape notice. Bushy-browed people tend to make things more complicated than necessary, says Maré. Morbee chuckles. “She’s pretty good ‘ey?”

Sunday Times also shared a short clip of Maré reading Kahn’s face. Watch it to see his reaction:

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