Among leading Republican candidates, John McCain appears to be rock solid, the most dependable.
After all, on any given day, or speech, how outrageous will loveable Huckabee be? Adaptable Romney’s views, forcefully delivered, seem to shift with the polls. But McCain? He has won a reputation for staying power and dogged honesty.
Me? I’m not so sure that McCain’s as predictable as he seems. This two-part face reading will attempt to give this war hero the honor he deserves. Nonetheless, I’m not above raising some questions that you’re unlikely to read in the usual media.
After all, McCain may be the most popular candidate, of either party, in the media. Recently, I read a story about this in my Washington Post. Later, when I searched Google Images for photos as a basis for this face reading, I was shocked to find this one (here’s the link, for convenience):
Did you have any idea that McCain had achieved these epic physical proportions? Now, there’s nothing wrong with life writ large, either physically or politically. But I find it fascinating that never before have I seen a photo of McCain that shows him clearly from the waist down. By comparison, Dick Cheney looks positively petite.
I’ll guarantee you that any Democrat contender with this girth would have been excoriated just as Al Gore was, at his heaviest. For a public personality, McCain sure has been given unusual media cover-up. More widely circulated portraits hide his belly.
GET READY TO READ HIM
If you’re not yet familiar with physiognomy, the 5,000-year-old art of reading faces for character, here is some background.
You can also learn more about the trademarked update that I developed, which is different from conventional face reading. My version balances strengths and potential challenges (I indicate the latter with a ?). The best way to learn this system is my how-to, The Power of Face Reading, but there is also a more advanced book about how faces change over time, Wrinkles Are God’s Makeup: How You Can Find Meaning in Your Evolving Face.
What, you didn’t know you could find meaning in your photo album?
For the truly courageous and curious face reader, I even offer a Mentoring Program plus a Face Reading Intensive, given just once a year. (This year’s extravaganza will be July 18-20.)
If you believe in free will, you’ll love my kind of face reading. It shows how inner life out-pictures in the face. Because the biggest secret about “The Secret” is that we constantly manifest what we believe. Your own face gives more clues about the balance of your life than the current state of your money, health, or love life.
Now, you can use this good, level photo for Part One of our two-part series on John McCain.
What do you associate most with the face of John McCain? Surely it’s his cheeks. They’re wider beneath the cheeks than above them. Here’s another good photo for seeing this. For even more accuracy, click on the link, copy it, and pull on the corners to enlarge.
The Talent: I call this cheek pattern the pacifist power style. McCain creates harmony around him, there on the press bus. He might do the same as president. Without having to sell himself as “a united, not a divider,” this Republican does have a knack for taking heat, giving back warmth.
McCain is no pushover, either.
Typical of folks with this relatively uncommon power style, the longer you know him, the more you respect him. Hundreds of times, I have read faces with this characteristic and asked, “People think of you as ‘the rock,’ don’t they?” Every one of them knew what I meant and agreed.
The Potential Challenge: Stored anger comes through in outbursts? When your relationships are based on having you come across as the harmonizer, what are you going to do with the very human need to complain about small things that bother you? Eventually rage builds up. It must go somewhere.
Notice the span of those jaws. McCain doesn’t only have cheek here. He’s the proud owner of very wide chunks of bone + muscle, a.k.a. jaws.
The Talent: Staying power, loyalty, strength from inside anyone who knows McCain’s story knows that he’s shown that. People just love this quality. Winston Churchill had it too. If he hadn’t, all of us, right now, might be living in some little Nazi suburb.
The Potential Challenge: Not knowing when to give up on a cause or a project?
Delving deeper into those jaws, notice how bone sticks out beyond the surrounding muscle.
Pointy jaws are found most often on the anorexic. You’ll see them on movie stars, such as Brad Pitt and his ex, Jennifer Aniston (although she mostly keeps her pointy jaws covered with her gorgeous hairdo’s).
- Reading auras is the most reliable way to tell someone who is self-starving, for professional reasons or due to personal obsession.
- Of course, the body can give you clues, too.
- But, in my experience, pointy jaws are often an obvious indicator.
Not so with our plus-sized politician, just the opposite. So, what else do pointy jaws mean?
The Talent: Huge determination corresponds to pointy jaws. Read them as facial shorthand for “a will of iron.”
The Potential Challenge: Does McCain push himself well beyond the point of comfort? Could there be other problems related to sense of proportion?
Look at the shape made by McCain’s chin, right at the bottom. It looks like a line.
Some chins have curves there, while others have angles. (Blog-buddies, wait until you see the illustration about this face category in my upcoming book, Read People Deeper: Body Language + Face Reading + Auras. Although I’m in love with all the pictures, this is one of my favorites!)
The Talent: Decision are based on the principle of the thing. Not convenience! Not polls! Isn’t this one of the strongest components of McCain’s appeal?
The Potential Challenge: Zealotry, inflexibility okay, those count as two possible challenges, don’t they?
His lower teeth stick out, or can stick out, way past the upper set of teeth.
The Talent: Deep tenacity is in this man’s nature. He’ll do anything to win. The higher the stakes, the grimmer he’ll get. Again, no surprise here. Still, it’s worth noting.
The Potential Challenge: How far will he go to defend himself, when he feels pressured?
President Nixon had this kind of tenacity, too. (You’ll see a great underbite photograph in the final chapter of Wrinkles Are God’s Makeup, where I do a detailed profile of the famous man’s rise and fall.)
Incidentally, Richard Nixon also had the pacifist power style on the right side of his face (That side corresponds to career, so it’s the one to read in a president or a presidential candidate.)
Tomorrow, let’s continue to explore the face of an admirable man who is also complex in ways that may not be obvious to his biggest supporters. How well do YOU know John McCain?