A site dedicated to Faces, Facial Differences, and Heroes, Villians and Fools

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You’ve come to the right place to learn about faces, especially ones that stand out in a crowd—the good, the bad, and the “ugly.” Together we’ll learn and share insights—via blogs, guest blogs, comments, and even painted portraits—about the social and psychological aspects of living with “facial differences” in a world that emphasizes looks.

What you bring to the discussion:

  • a lifetime of experience looking at and reacting to faces
  • a willingness to be open-minded and to engage and comment when so moved.

What I bring:

  • I’ve produced TV documentaries on the stigmatizing effects of oral-facial disorders and the psychological issues around reconstructive surgery.
  • Because I grew up with a cleft lip and palate, I’ve studied the social-psychological aspects of facial differences and painted many portraits celebrating faces.
  • I’ve written a memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, which conveys my experiences as a cleft kid. It is the first published memoir by a cleft about the cleft experience.
    When Wayman Publishing released the book, rave reviews poured in. Cleft Heart shows bullied clefts and others that they can survive and thrive, giving them and their loved ones hope that they can live normal lives. [Continue reading]

Lookism: what do women like in men?

Bust shot of well-muscled actor Hugh Jackman

The languid days of summer are upon us in America. That means there's more chance that we men will be socializing with women. Heck, some of us will even be stripping down to bathing suits on beaches.Lookism seems a natural tendency in males.Many … [Continue reading]

Cyberbullying: a level playing field for the disabled.

Closeup photo of wheelchair with red frame and black hand on large wheel.

This transcript of an Academic Minute* (way shorter than a TED Talk) describes a power shift in the dynamic involving children with disabilities. Traditionally, kids with physical—and not so obvious intellectual or emotional—disabilities were … [Continue reading]

Why discipline, not punishment, may stop cyberbulling. . . and police over-reaction.

Sign saying "Bullying & Police misconduct cost lives."

Cyberbullying: Australia's findings/recommendations.After one of the most convulsive weeks in recent American history, it's worth listening to experts who've evaluated the West's approach to cyberbullying and found it wanting.To look at findings and … [Continue reading]

Less science behind lookism’s symmetry & ratios?

Model Kate Moss in black dress and shoulder-length hair..

There may be less science to justify lookism than suggested by many studies  in the past.  Here's the truth about common beauty myths according to the Wall Street Journal.Apparently science produces lots of research about beauty, from ideal … [Continue reading]

Easy trick teaches the impact of cyberbullying.

Two apples split in half.

 A  schooteacher in Britain used an incredibly effective trick to teach kids the powerful effects of cyberbullying.She posted an image of two apples cut in half on her Facebook page. The image communicated a powerful lesson. In front of a classroom, … [Continue reading]

Brexit, cleft lip abortions, and EU eugenics.

Young woman with bowed head and folded arms in hospital gown.

 With all the news of Britain's exit from the European Union (EU), we should note a reason a number of Brits gave for voting for Brexit.  It's not one of the usual immigration or economic reasons. Instead, it's that they feel bullied by the … [Continue reading]

Heroes for Father’s Day…and any day.

Jack Schonborn with cleft lip and palate son.

Noticed the following list of America's top 100 cinematic heroes (and villains). What a perfect topic for Father's Day, "heroes." I nominate my dad.Though my dad never starred in the movies, he did shoot and produce educational films for … [Continue reading]