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Michael O’Leary – The Clown Prince of Ryan Air? A facial Profile

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O’Leary nodded. “I think, given the performance of our rostering department over the last week, a description of me as a clown is appropriate in the circumstances,” he replied, matter-of-factly.

It’s never a surprise to find Michael O’Leary’s name in the headlines. Frequently it is in connection with some controversy. Lately, however it has been almost exclusively so.  The recent very public issues over flight cancellations and passengers being discommoded show little signs of abating. Through it all O’Leary has remained combative. His apologies have been minimalistic in style. So who is Michael O’Leary? A look at his facial features from the perspective of Mien Shiang, the ancient Chinese art of Face Reading offers some interesting insights.

Whether one looks at photos or watches him in action his features tend to be quite animated. This is both indicative of a lively mind and a reluctance to be pinned down. It is reasonable to assume he would be publicly scathing of any attempt to analyze him!

His V-shaped hairline is associated in men with an innate capacity for solving complex problems. The resultant ‘flaring’ of the forehead to the sides can also indicate a tendency towards mediocrity. O’Leary has been known to issue flatly contradictory statements with no apparent concern for consistency. In his view it would appear that publicity of any description trumps all.

The depth of the horizontal furrows across his forehead reveals a man who is quite self-aware. This is someone who has faced more than a few challenges and is comfortable making clear decisions. As his forehead is largely vertical we can take it that most of those decisions will be based on analysis and rational thinking rather than being governed by emotion.

His eyebrows are thick and are close to being an inverted V-shape. The thickness shows his capacity to absorb considerable amounts of information, and the V denotes his autocratic nature, which is especially evident in public. There is a slightly rounded dimension to the V so we can also assume that some of his more abrasive public utterances are designed to trigger publicity and allow him have fun. A cluster of vertical hairs at the beginning of each eyebrow represent his ability to spot potential problems from the outset of any project. Given his outspoken nature we can be sure he will express his views forcibly. It may not always make him popular with colleagues but more often than not he’ll be proven right.

Eyebrows sitting close above the eyes as his frequently are denote someone impatient to speak and likely to do so before their thoughts are fully formed. They tend to have very little patience with anyone who is long-winded or unprepared.

His eyes vary wildly from being wide open to being narrow slits. As a rule we regard wide open eyes as a sign of emotional openness. In O’Leary’s case they appear more like a disruptive child challenging authority. More often than not his gaze is quite direct but largely conceals his feelings. The lack of visible fold in his upper eyelid is a strong indication of his lack of sympathy towards complaints.

“You’re not getting a refund so fuck off. We don’t want to hear your sob stories. What part of ‘no refund’ don’t you understand?”

The above statement is similar in tone to many others over the years. My observation is that it is reflective of his worldview. His business life started at a young age when he spotted retail opportunities. Being self-sufficient and self-reliant has become part of his modus operandi, and he expects the same of others. Complaining about regulatory bodies is a matter of strategy. Personal complaints are another matter entirely.

When we see ‘hooded eyelids’ we might be advised to tread carefully as their owner most certainly has a temper which they are not slow to express.

The triangular shape at the bridge of the nose is, amongst other things a sign of his competitive nature. It may also be associated with self-imposed pressure. O’Leary will undoubtedly have expectations of himself and set challenging targets. It is not in his nature to simply sit back and watch the world go by.

His nose is straight and the tip is not very rounded. The nostrils are large and visible when viewing him face to face. This combination of features confirms his directness of manner and tells us he deals in facts over emotion. We can also see that he enjoys spending money, but is likely to be quite discerning in his choices.

There is an old Irish saying that a gap between the upper front teeth is a sign of a good singer. Never having heard O’Leary sing I can neither confirm nor deny that. The Chinese view is that such a gap indicates a willingness to take financial risks. After 9/11 when the world of air travel was in turmoil O’Leary backed his confidence in an upturn by placing a large order with Boeing. This at a time when airline revenues were plummeting.

A thin upper lip is added confirmation of his head over heart approach. His chin is well-formed and juts forward slightly. This is not a man to give way or back down easily. His stubbornness has helped take him a long way. Whether the current problems around scheduling, angry passengers, and pilots making demands prove it to be an asset or a liability remains to be seen.

Clowns have traditionally been regarded as a great source of entertainment. More recently they have come to be seen by many as a scary phenomenon. O’Leary probably veers between the two for many who observe his performances.

Joseph McGuire is the owner of Clearsight Communications who provide personal evaluation services and training in the areas of senior level recruitment/promotion, negotiations, sales and HR. Individual consultation sessions are available both in person and via Skype. He is also in demand for group presentations, private functions and conferences. For further information email:

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Saoirse Ronan – A Face Reading Profile

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Saoirse Ronan’s face is essentially oval in shape, which we associate with an innate talent for diplomacy, and a definite preference for harmony in both her personal and professional environments. It is natural for her to get along well with others. It should not, however be assumed that she is a pushover, as her features are strong and clear.

Her wide curved forehead shows a combination of analytical and creative abilities. She is an able student who absorbs information to then adapt it to her future needs. The short ‘widow’s peak’ (v-shape) at the centre of her hairline has particular significance for women. A la Marilyn Monroe she has the ability to make an internal switch which draws admirers to her like moths to a flame.

Her upper right cheekbone is prominent, meaning she has high energy levels and is ambitious. It will be important for her to be acknowledged by her peers. Her right jaw is also fuller than the left. This reveals that she possesses an extra degree of determination to succeed – she shares this trait with notable Irish sporting figures Rory McIlroy, Brian O’Driscoll and Roy Keane. When called on to perform demanding physical roles she has the capacity to thrive.

As her lower cheekbones are quite full we can see that she is naturally very empathetic, further emphasising her innate capacity to get on well with others. This will also add extra depth to her understanding of the roles she plays. She will have the capacity to sit quietly and observe, soaking up knowledge and storing it for future use.

Her eyes sparkle, revealing her great vitality, physical mental and emotional. Both eyes tend to be wide open which tells us that honesty is vitally important to her. Any indication of dishonesty towards her will result in people being frozen out. Both upper eyelids reveal a thick fold. This refers both to the importance of emotional intimacy and to the fact that she has a strong ego – certainly needed in her chosen profession! She will, however get her way by charming much more than by being demanding.

Her right eyebrow is curved while the left is almost straight. What this indicates is that even when she is warm and friendly – and genuinely so – she is observing and gathering information. When left untrimmed her left eyebrow also has a small cluster of hairs at the beginning which stand up. This reveals a trait for spotting potential problems at a very early stage of a project. It will not necessarily make her popular but she will usually be right!


Her nose is well proportioned and uniform in width. She will have no difficulty speaking up and expressing herself and will be clear about her values. Her nose tip is not especially large so although she is naturally warm she will not lose her heart easily. Her mouth naturally turns up at the corners revealing her to be an optimist. The lips form a rosebud shape which is indicative of her sensual nature.  There is some puffiness below her lower lip so there is a likelihood of her holding stress in the area of the colon. Any lingering physical discomfort in this region should be seen as an indication she should step back and check her current overall wellbeing.

Her chin is rounded, well-formed and slightly prominent. This is further confirmation of her sociability, values and determination. Creating goodwill will greatly enhance her career.

Joseph McGuire is the owner of Clearsight Communications who provide personal evaluation services and training in the areas of senior level recruitment/promotion, negotiations, sales and HR. Individual consultation sessions are available both in person and via Skype. He is also in demand for group presentations, private functions and conferences. For further information email:

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Matt Damon – a Face Reading Profile


(This is the latest in a series of celebrity profiles)

Everybody is interesting if we take the time to discover. Matt Damon though has a particularly interesting face with many contrasts. The right side of the individuals face reveals their public persona, and their left side their private persona. With Damon we can see distinct differences between both sides. This reflects that his public and private personas can be quite different, and this allows him to look at life from a variety of perspectives.

His hairline comes almost to a V-shape. In men we associate this with a capacity to solve complex problems quickly. In Damon’s case the V is not absolutely clearly defined. This suggests that his mid-teens were quite a challenging time for him – not that that is unusual – and that his creative abilities felt stymied.

His high forehead indicates he is someone who needs a great deal of mental stimulation to feed his creative juices. Boredom is not an option! His eyebrows are at different heights, which again suggests different public and private perspectives. The right eyebrow sits higher than the left, and if anything his right eye is more open. This indicates he is quite comfortable in the spotlight although, as his gaze is questioning, we see that he is not easily impressed by fame and all that comes with it. Early professional success with Ben Affleck in ‘Good Will Hunting’ may have allowed him to peek behind the curtain and view the wizard for what he is!

His left eye being less open reflects the fact that challenges in his personal life have caused him to develop a strong protective core. This will be extended to family and those close to him. His long eyebrows reflect the importance of family in his life. The left eye angles slightly downwards at the outside corner telling us that he feels a strong bond with those less privileged.

His nose is triangular in shape, with a horizontal line across the bridge. The line shows that he is conscientious and takes his responsibilities seriously. The bridge of his nose dips slightly. He prefers to put a shape on his ideas before conferring with others. Once he has clarified what he wants he can really build up momentum, and as he sees things coming together his energy levels and enthusiasm can skyrocket.

His mouth is slightly wavy and a little higher on the left. The waviness can be associated with variable judgement – he has made some dodgy choices in his film roles – and the slight tilt to the left reflects strongly held private views.

His jaw is noticeably wider on the right. This reflects both the determination and energy he brings to all public activities, but also the need for regular stimulating physical activity. This is something he will neglect at his peril as he would become quite frustrated with himself and this in turn could easily spread into close relationships!

His chin is not especially prominent in the overall context of his face. It is rounded and juts out a little. His ideals are very important to him, and it is natural for him to be supportive of causes. He will do best when he engages his brainpower rather than trying to force his ideas through with physical strength.

The notch behind the tragus (flap of cartilage) of his left ear is quite open, revealing his generosity to those closest to him. The anti-helix (inner rim) of both ears is prominent. This tells us that he will always be a man with definite views of his own, even if they don’t match with mainstream opinion.

Joseph McGuire is the owner of Clearsight Communications who provide personal evaluation services and training in the areas of senior level recruitment/promotion, negotiations, sales and HR. Individual consultation sessions are available both in person and via Skype. He is also in demand for group presentations, private functions and conferences. For further information email:


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Ellen DeGeneres – a Face Reading Profile

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(This is the first in a series of celebrity profiles)

Her face shape is largely oval, meaning she is a natural diplomat. The oval shape tells us that she has a deep-rooted inclination and preference for harmony, both in her relationships – professional and personal – and her environment.

There is a slightly rectangular dimension to her forehead, which means she likes structure and will work best when she has at least the outline of a plan. As the forehead curves at the sides we can see that she is not comfortable with rigid systems or structures. Being flexible and having scope to adapt allows her to give of her best.

As her hairline comes in above the temple, especially on the left we can reveal that she has a deeply ingrained work ethic. It will be important to her to set high standards and to finish what she starts.

Her eyebrows are more straight than curved. This means she can be quite rational and is not naturally inclined to be overly sentimental. Anyone pitching ideas to her should think them through carefully first as she will not be impressed by sloppiness in presentation. She is unlikely to be cruelly dismissive but anyone given a second chance should be in no doubt that she expects them to demonstrate clearly that what they are proposing makes good sense.

Her nose is long, and nicely proportioned. This denotes both strength of personality and consistency of behaviour. Although she comes across as warm and friendly we can be clear that she is no pushover. There is real strength of character here. Her nose tip extends beyond the nostrils, meaning she can be exceptionally patient, and that being of service is hugely important to her. The slight cleft in the tip indicates that she will always be searching for either something better or a better way to express her essential nature. She will never rest on her laurels.

Her eyes are bright and quite open. This is someone whose public persona of a warm, friendly and sociable woman is quite genuine. Connecting with and relating to others is an innate expression of her being. Both upper eyelids show a thick fold, demonstrating that she has an ego. In her profession it would be difficult to survive without one. Her wide open eyes mitigate any potential diva like behaviour. Honesty will be particularly important to her. Treat her with dishonesty at your peril as you are likely to be shown the door quite quickly.

There are lines both below the eyes and just below the outer corners of the eyes. The former refer to stress and tiredness, and she would be advised to ensure that she pays attention to both the quality and quantity of her rest. The lines across the upper outer cheeks are known as courage lines. These are likely to relate to that period of both personal and professional strain after she came out publicly as gay. She has faced significant life challenges and come through. These lines are the battle scars!

The fullest part of both cheeks is the lower half, denoting her empathetic nature. That fullness extends down to her jaw, meaning she is comfortable with money and the nicer material things in life. When it comes to negotiation she will know her value!

Her mouth is reasonably wide without being overly so. She is very comfortable expressing herself, so her chosen career is ideal. Her upper lip is relatively straight, suggesting she has learned to guard against being overly vulnerable in the public arena. Although as stated she is naturally warm she is aware of the need to protect herself.

Her two upper front teeth are slightly larger than their neighbours so we can see that she has a stubborn streak. When she smiles her gums are visible. This tells us that she has a generous nature, but will certainly remember if someone is not appreciative of her generosity.

Her chin is curved, slightly prominent and well formed. She has strong ideals, is very determined and will not be pushed around. Her warm presence may lead some to underestimate her strength but that can play to her advantage. There is a horizontal line midway between mouth and chin. This reveals that she has a tendency to mother others i.e. to do for them things they could and should do for themselves. This is reflective of her caring nature, but is a tendency others may be inclined to take advantage of. She would be well advised to take a close look at this pattern as it could be quite draining.

Although obviously not on the face the ears are significant in terms of reading faces. In Ellen’s case we can see that the right ear in particular protrudes. This indicates that she will tend to have quite an individual perspective. At times it could mean an inclination to make her mind up before having all the information – not always the best strategy! As both ears are relatively long we can expect that she will be with us for many years to come. Larger ears are, amongst other things associated with resilience. Both ears have nicely sized lobes, so her spiritual life will provide a major part of her nurturing. Her lobes also indicate strong intuition.

All in all a potent package!

Joseph McGuire is the owner of Clearsight Communications who provide personal evaluation services and training in the areas of senior level recruitment/promotion, negotiations, sales and HR. Individual consultation sessions are available both in person and via Skype. He is also in demand for group presentations, private functions and conferences. For further information email: