Napoleon's famous dictumed that no man with aquiline nose is a fool. All the physiognomists claim that high-wide brow is related to great intelligence. They say then, the thick-moist lower lip is the sign of sensuality; squinty eyes may indicate a shifty character or a square jaw indicates determination and courage. Are those statement really represent what they stand for? Are they really related to human character? The book of The Foundation of Personality will deeply answer those question.
Man’s interest in character practically is to understand others character in their social relationship. Upon our success in reading the character of others, upon our understanding of ourselves hangs a good deal of our life's success or failure.
Human’s feelings are in part mirrored on the face and body. That is why some people believe that shape of head, lines of hand, gait and even the method of dress and the handwriting could use to judge someone’s personal character. A few of the methods used have become organized into specialties, such as the study of the head or phrenology, and the study of the hand or palmistry.
Man is a mosaic of characters; fine nature in one direction may be injured by a defect in another. Judgment of character will never be attained through the study of face, form or hand. As language is a means not only of expressing truth but of disguising it, so these surface phenomena are as often masks as guides.
This book seeks to analyze the fundamentals of personality, avoiding metaphysics as the plague. It does not define character or seek to separate it from mind and personality. Written by a neurologist, a physician in the active practice, it cannot fail to bear more of the imprint of medicine, of neurology, than of psychology and philosophy.