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According to the soft science of physiognomy, the right side of your face represents the dominant personality- the self which you present to the world, and the left side represents the recessive, introverted self. Physiognomy relies on the idea that your life determines your face as you age because facial bones are eroded and facial muscles are built up by the expressions that we habitually display. These expressions are determined by our reactions to events and our outlook on life (strong jutting jaw for an aggressive, assertive personality, weak chin for someone who looks at the floor, apologizes for their words). In a class on the doubling of reality I tested it out by showing each person's actual face, the right side mirrored, and the left side of the face mirrored. The results were unrecognizable and yet also strangely telling.