Psycho-physiognomics – practically applied knowledge of human nature

Areas in which psycho-physiognomics is used at Cilly Holle


Imagine... ›

… you had a kind of X-ray vision which allowed you to decode your counterpart
in just a few seconds. Not to manipulate, exploit or harm them, but simply to
better understand them, be able to deal with them and their idiosyncrasies and
needs, or even be able to help them.
… someone could look directly behind the masks we have all painstakingly
created and bravely worn throughout our life. If anything, your first reaction
would be: “Oh, God, how awful, it would be like someone seeing us almost
naked, and we’re completely defenceless…”
Yes, perhaps. But think one step further.
… how much energy we could all save and instead use wisely and, most
importantly, joyously, for our family, job, hobby or other pleasant things
in life. What power we would suddenly have at our disposal if we stopped
creating and painstakingly maintaining a sham existence and constantly fooling
ourselves and the people around us. And vice versa. As is commonly known,
less is sometimes more…

Don’t worry, I’m not one of those social romantics who think we should all hold hands every morning and be all lovey-dovey in order to be one step closer to world peace. I only know from my daily practices and my work with my customers how liberating and enormously relieving it is for the individual to be really “identified”, let down their guard, and accept themselves just as they are. No masquerades and no “show effects”. Just as they are
No masquerades and no “show effects”. Just as they are. Suddenly you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t done it much earlier, and particularly, for whom you had been keeping up pretences the whole time. The answers are often very sobering.

Imagine the effects it would have if not only you and I could do it, but an entire
society, an entire country. What would that mean for the individual, for couples,
for their children, for businesses, but also for an entire national economy?

The good news is, it would be possible. The knowledge we need for this is available to us; it has unfortunately only been known to very few people until now, meaning only very few people can use it successfully. And that is exactly what I want to change.

This is by no means a new fad or something some crazy freak has thought up to earn a bit of money. It is well-founded, almost sacred knowledge dating back to the 2nd millennium BC, which the ancient Chinese, virtually at the same time as the Indians, and later also the Egyptians, discovered, applied, put down in writing, and further developed. Three advanced ancient civilisations whose knowledge from other regions has now also been firmly cemented into our daily lives.
None of us would want to do without the Far Eastern massage and relaxation techniques, foot reflex zone massages, Ayurveda etc. All this is founded in the same knowledge as psycho-physiognomics. All this is based on the knowledge of interrelations within our bodies: whether it be the connection between various points on the ear or foot with individual organs in the body – such as in acupuncture -, or whether it be the interplay between behaviour and appearance – such as in psycho-physiognomics.

You may be interested to know that even Pythagoras selected his students using
the principles of psycho-physiognomics, and that Aristotle wrote a book about
psycho-physiognomics, entitled “Physiognomica”. One of the great German poets
and thinkers, Goethe, also intensively studied the issue, adding to and doing the
final edit of Johann C. Lavater’s four-volume work “Physiognomic Fragments”.

There’s one more thing that’s very important to me personally:

At no point will your characteristics, talents, strengths and
weaknesses be evaluated by me in any way on this basis, nor
will you find out from me how you can manipulate, hurt or
otherwise harm the people close to you. You can, by all means,
do this if you master the teachings of psycho-physiognomics
in more detail.
Thanks to my knowledge of psycho-physiognomics, I can
tell whether someone would do this or not – and rest assured,
I don’t coach or advise such people, nor do I accept them
as students at my training sessions!

Right from the outset, I assume the readers of my website only
have good motives and a positive attitude towards the people
around them, because that is precisely the target group with
which I like to work. And I, in turn, am positive and “caring”
with the people and their “endearing idiosyncrasies”, as was
once expressed by Loriot – someone whom I highly respect
and who is also an excellent judge of character.

Psycho-physiognomics – a real tongue-twister ›

Let’s break the word up and look at the individual “components”:
Psyche (Greek): = “Psyche denotes the system of human perception and thought, i.e. the place where affective and rational motives for behaviour and action are created.”
Physiognomics (Greek) = “Physiognomy means the characteristic facial features of a person, and the resulting facial expression. On a broader scale, physiognomy also includes physique and the entire outward appearance.“
Physiognomics (Greek) = “Physiognomics interprets, organises and classifies facial features and the entire outward appearance of a person.“
Psycho-physiognomics: = Psycho-physiognomics is thus the teachings of the interplay between appearance and behaviour expressed by the physique and particularly the face/head of a person.

How does it work? ›

Imagine a person as simply being a power plant, with energy constantly flowing inside it.

You’ll remember from physics class that heat is generated wherever there is
an increased flow of energy, which, in the human skull in turn results in the
corresponding facial and cranial sections arching outwards.
The underlying senses are consequently very pronounced.
Similarly, there are, of course, also areas in which less energy flows, resulting
in them being indented. The underlying senses are then also less pronounced.

The “bulges” and “holes” across the entire human face thus provide us with extremely accurate information on how pronounced this person’s corresponding mechanisms are; in other words, the type of person we’re dealing with.

Psycho-physiognomics: where does it have its seeds in? ›

The teachings of psycho-physiognomics were discovered and studied by the Chinese as early as 2000 BC, at the same time as acupuncture, and have been systematically refined, further developed and verified by orthodox medical practitioners until the present day.A large number of scientists, consultants and medical physicians now work with/based on the teachings of psycho-physiognomics.
Milestones in the history of psycho-physiognomics:

Over 4000 years ago: The Chinese discover that a human’s mental intellectual
capacity is located in the front lobe of the brain, and the motor-driven mechanisms
in the rear. The doctrine of acupuncture is established at the same time.
Both have today been endorsed by orthodox medical practitioners.

  • 495-400 BC: Pythagoras chooses his students based on physiognomic criteria
  • Approx. 4000 years ago: The Chinese learn that “The face is the mirror of the soul”
  • 470-399 BC: Socrates gathers initial findings on the relationships between a person’s soul and their
        outward appearance
  • 384-322 BC: Aristotle systematises his physiognomic knowledge and passes it down to the ensuing
        generations in his book entitled “Pysiognomica”
  • 16th century: Italian physicist Johann Batista della Porta (1535-1615) conducts extensive physiognomic
        studies and also discovers parallels with the animal kingdom. He writes the book “de humana
  • 18th century: Johann C. Lavater (1741-1801) compiles the four-volume work “Physiognomic Fragments”,
        with addenda and final editing by Goethe
  • 19th century: Neuroanatomist Josef Gall (1758-1828) and his students achieve remarkable research results
        in relation to the biological bases of psycho-physiognomics
  • 20th century: Carl Huter (1861-1912) summarises all the physiognomic knowledge of his time and develops
        a system of psycho-physiognomics which essentially still exists today
  • 3rd Reich: During the times of National Socialism, the teachings of psycho-physiognomics were drastically
        misused by the ideology of race: individual elements were allocated to various races and used j
        udgementally, which completely contradicted the individual and non-judgemental approach of these

Unfortunately, many people think that psycho-physiognomics was “invented” in
the 3rd Reich, and pre-judge everything vaguely related to psycho-physiognomics.
The subject has thus been done a great injustice, as has been clearly shown
by its long history.


Areas in which psycho-physiognomics is used at Cilly Holle ›

  • To assist with selecting external staff
  • To assist with filling internal positions
  • To assist assessment centres from the perspective of psycho-physiognomics
  • To conduct assessments and analyses of potential
  • To form teams, and assist with team coaching
  • To systematically assist with staff development
  • To assist with career choices and career planning
  • To assist with skills assessments and self-reflection by private individuals and managerial staff
  • Targeted coaching of private individuals, e.g. in identity and life crises, to improve work-life balance, etc.
  • Identification and systematic encouragement of individual talents (in children, young people and adults)
  • Career choices for final-year school students
  • Casting for film roles
  • Rectifying relationship problems (within a couple and between a parent and child)

How can I learn more about this subject? ›

You are very welcome to attend my next public presentations; the current dates
for planned presentations can be found here. Please send me an email
if you wish to attend a presentation. I will also be glad to hold a presentation
as organised by you. Details can be found here.

However, you are also very welcome to call me personally, and I will answer
your questions by telephone or as part of a personal consultation. Contact →

Can I learn it too? ›

I offer you 2 training formats which differ in terms of duration and intensity:
the basic course and the intensive course.
10 subject blocks are taught in both courses: In the compact course, we have
one whole day of training for each block, while in the intensive course, we take
two whole training days for each block. 

You must have a personal consultation with me prior to participating in a psycho-physiognomics course. During this consultation, I want to get to know you and your reasons for learning about this peculiar and complex subject.

The following are important if you wish to participate in a course:

  • An essentially positive and respectful attitude towards your fellow human beings
  • A willingness to be open during the course
  • Participation in at least 80% of the tutorials
  • Careful preparation of the theoretic content
  • Active support for practical components

After the course, you will be able to identify the following in yourself and others:

  • Characteristic features and idiosyncrasies
  • Individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Untapped potential
  • Ways of thinking and acting
  • Preferences in speech and communication style
  • Personal areas of conflict
  • Individual motives and motivations
  • Personal “Achilles heels”
  • Current moods and problems
  • Career potential and areas of development
  • Areas of conflict and harmony in partnerships
  • Talents and developmental tasks for children

Dates and details on the upcoming training sessions can be found here.