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Behind Blue Eyes: The Secrets of Sanpaku Eyes


In ancient China, physiognomy, a practice of assessing a person’s character or personality from their face, was considered to be a part of traditional medicine. This pseudo-scientific method is more than a thousand years old and nowadays is often thrown in with the likes of chiromancy, astrology, fortune-telling, and other esoteric nonsense.

It is believed that the eyes can determine the person’s general condition and the resonance of their vital energy. If you want to test this theory on yourself, first of all, you’ll need to know what your sclera looks like (the white part of your eye, usually located on both sides of the iris). Does it only show on the sides of your iris? Or maybe it’s above or below it? How about both? These three eye conditions are what the Japanese call the sanpaku eyes, meaning “three whites.” Let’s try to figure out what it all means.

Under the iris

If the whites are showing under the iris, it can mean that the person is under pressure, due to workload, nervous tension, or something else, which causes a constant sense of anxiety and possibly even panic attacks.

Above the iris

The sclera above the iris indicates a constant imbalance of vital energy. You often see this on people who can’t control what they’re doing are about to make some horrible life decisions.

Above and under the iris

If the whites are visible above and below the iris, you’re either looking at a madman or a genius. And I don’t know which one is worse. This look is a sign that a person is using all of their energy, which may cause a complete burnout, but regrets are for losers!

Here’s a neat fact: when physiognomists examined passport and visa photos of terrorists, it turned out that most of them had a sclera that was clearly visible from three sides of the iris, which meant they were dealing with a high level of stress and anxiety.

Listen to your body, chill out when you feel you’re about to fly off the handle, Let that vital energy replenish in your chakras or something. Wash your hands, keep away from people, and just try to deal with stress one day at a time. Also, don’t believe everything you read on the internet!