- Multi-Perspective Hand Reading defined -

Origins of Multi-Perspective Hand Reading + how does it work?

Multi-Perspective Hand Reading represents an advanced concept in the field of hand reading describing how hand signs can be combined with a fundamental strategy in order to make a diagnostic assessment. Multi-Perspective Hand Reading was introduced in 2011 at HandResearch.com as a new concept of hand reading with origins solely based on (academic) scientific research. The key-element in this concept concerns the 1st fundamental insight involving the requirement that multiple levels of the hand are needed in order to arrive at a valid & reliable assessment regarding one of the major diagnostic themes in psychology, psychiatry & health!

The concept of Multi-Perspective Hand Reading implicates a REJECTION of the assumption that individual hand signs can have high diagnostic (or predictive) value, and therefore it makes a fundamental case AGAINST the core principle used in 'traditional palmistry' - where individual hand signs (in any perspective of the hand) by tradition are being assumed to bare specific meaning for events and other aspects of the life in an individual person.

The essence of Multi-Perspective Hand Reading can be understood more properly with a 2nd fundamental insight: the role of any individual hand sign is recognized to represent at best only a 'building stone' towards an assessment. This implicates that any hand sign in isolation usually has no specific meaning at all; at best it should be expected to have significance for multiple diagnostic themes!

In the new diagnostic-section Scientific Hand Charts (featuring 25 diagnostic themes) these insights are summarized as follows:

"Any hand sign only bares significance for a specific theme when it's presence is combined with the presence of other hand signs that also bare significance for that same theme."

Scientific hand reading - a classic example:
the simian line plays a role in many hand diagnostic themes!

Simian line (simian crease).

The two combined key-features used in Multi-Perspective Hand Reading can be understood properly with the classic example concerning the confirmed role of the simian line in literally dozens of major diagnostic issues (covering a broad variety):

According Multi-Perspective Hand Reading a simian line (a.k.a. simian crease) in isolation bares no specific meaning at all. However, the concept of the simian line has been confirmed to bare signficant diagnostic value for many specific syndromes and diseases - which can be understood in the perspective of the fact that in medical science only a few decades ago the simian line became recognized to represent a 'minor physical anomaly' [MPA].

Down syndrome & the hand: stereotype patterns.

Even though the simian line in isolation is recognized to have no specific meaning at all, nevertheless combined with the presence of likewise significant hand signs for a specific diagnostic theme it can become signficant!

For example:

The significance of the simian line in Down syndrome can be described to become apparent only in hands where other perspectives display likewise hand signs that also have a strong correlation with Down syndrome.

Likewisely a simian line can even be used as a diagnostic marker for many other diagnostic themes beyond health related issues such as Down syndrome, because scientific research results have indicated as well that the simian line has a signficant correlation with the two the Big Five personality dimensions Extraversion and Neuroticism!

Multi-Perspective Hand Reading defined:
5 hand perspectives & 9 minor levels!

Multi-Perspective Palm Reading defined.

Multi-Perspective Hand Reading - vertical

John Hunter (Scottish surgeon) described:

"Structure is the intimate expression of function"

In Multi-Perspective Hand Reading the hand is described to represent a system involving 5 major perspectives (see picture above) - which together describe how 'structure' and 'function' represent complementary phenomena with a seperate role for the palm & the fingers. Additionally, these 5 major hand perspectives can be sub-divided into 9 minor hand levels.

According Multi-Perspective Hand Reading every single hand sign can be described in terms of one single level combined with two different perspectives. For example: regarding the example of the simian line presented above, one can describe it to represent a manifestation in the (minor) LEVEL 9 'lines', combined with a manifestation in the (major) perspectives 'PALM' & the 'SKIN STRUCTURE'.

The diagnostic themes presented below each illustrate how the hand correlates with quite some of the major themes in the fields of psychology, psychiatry & health. Each of these sections confirms the significance of the principles used in Multi-Perspective Hand Reading, which basically suggest that the role of individual hand signs should always be putten in the perspective of likewise significant hand signs (in multiple levels & perspectives of the hand) in order to acheive high diagnostic/predictive validity.

The concept of Multi-Perspective Hand Reading has been applied to some of the most important themes in the fields of the behavior- & medical sciences; up-to-date details are already available for the 9 major diagnostic themes presented below (other themes will be included later).


CONSCIENTIOUSNESS (4 hand factors)

EXTRAVERSION (7 hand signs) | • NEUROTICISM (12 hand signs)

SCHIZOPHRENIA (47 hand signs)


DIABETES MELLITUS (35 hand signs)

PSORIASIS (24 hand signs)



DOWN SYNDROME (32 hand signs)

FRAGILE-X SYNDROME (36 hand signs)

MARFAN SYNDROME (18 hand signs)

In the new diagnostic-section Scientific Hand Charts (featuring 25 diagnostic themes)
the no.1 rule in scientific hand reading is described as follows:

"Any hand sign only bares significance for a specific theme when it's presence is combined with the presence of other hand signs that also bare significance for that same theme."

NOTICE - All materials presented above confirm one fundamental insight that became the building stone in the concept of Multi-Perspective Hand Reading: on fundamental grounds one can safely REJECT the core principle used in 'classic palmistry' which suggests that individual hand signs are being assumed to bare high significance - this principle sort of represents a philosophic building stone that has never been substantiated with empirical evidence (even though palmists might claim to have seen such evidence personally, this merely involves subjective anecdotal reports).

Because in the perspective of academic scientific research there is actually no confirming evidence available at all backing the assumption that individual hand signs bare specific meaning. Reported results always indicate that high diagnostic signficance can only acheived through the combination of hand signs. This suggests that when individual hand signs are considered in isolation, they are UNLIKELY to bare high diagnostic significance (or predictive value). Scientific evidence always points out that only hand sign combinations are likely to bare signficance for practical purposes.

Technically, the psychological mechanism involved suggests that whenever anecdotal stories report high validity for individual hand signs, these reports are very likely the result of a proces invoving a mix of subjective validation & selective perceptions - which can likely be attributed to the psychological mechanism known as the Forer-effect, a.k.a. the 'Barnum-effect'.

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