Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dermatoglyphics

Caitlin's Mandarin language centre had a seminar on dermatoglyphics a few days ago. Unfortunately it was conducted in Mandarin and I wouldn't have been able to follow the talk even if I went. Dermatoglyphics is the study of fingerprints which allows you to find out your learning style and dominant intelligence.

According to this website, it is through Dermatoglyphics that one can uncover one's congenital intelligence, character traits and discover one's hidden potential.

Here's more:
Dermatoglyphics refers to the branch of science in the study of the patterns of skins (dermal) ridges present on the fingers, palms, toes and the soles of human. It reveals the congenital links between our fingerprints and our intrinsic qualities and talents.

Dermatoglyphics is coined by Professor Harold Cummins in the 20th century.

Since 1920s, there have been numerous research papers published in the study of Dermatoglyphics in the medical field, especially in relation to some genetically-linked diseases.

Dermatoglyphics has absolute scientific basis, with 200 years of research. It is analyzed and proven with evidence in anthropology, genetics, medicine and statistics.

In recent years, U.S., Japan and Taiwan have applied Dermatoglyphics to educational fields, human resource management, employee recruitment, etc.

Fingerprint patterns are unique and are heavily influenced by one's genetic make-up. In 1892, an anthropologist, Francis Galton discovered that fingerprints are individually unique and will never change throughout one's entire lifetime. It has been shown that our fingerprints are closely related to the development of our nervous system. In other words, dermatoglyphics can reveal one's intelligence. Traditionally, IQ is used as a means to quantify a person's level of intelligence. In recent times, it is realised that man's intelligence is multiple, and everyone has different kinds of intelligence. Dr Howard Gardner introduced in his book, Frames of Mind, that man has at least eight intelligences - namely, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial-visual, logical-mathematics, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, linguistic and naturalist intelligences. As each person's genetic make-up is different, so is his intelligence.


This is something new to me. The principal of Caitlin's Mandarin centre shared that she had the analysis done for her children and found that it was accurate in determining their learning styles. The report for the analysis is in Mandarin since the people who conducted it were from Taiwan. The test, however, is rather costly, it seems. But if it is accurate and can help you plan the learning path for your children, wouldn't it a worthwhile investment?

Thanks to Google (as always), I found an outfit in Singapore that is involved in dermatoglyphics. Their website contains more information about this field, how it can be applied, etc etc.

And even better, there's a company in Malaysia that provides services in dermatoglyphics. Their company profile can be found here.

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