The Hand: A Mirror of the Soul, Diagnostic and Applied Hand Reading
Review of the Book
“I found the book fascinating, unique and groundbreaking. It fully justifies its name. It uncovers a novel, rich with diagnostic information that may be gained from professional palm reading. It is highly useful for lay persons, students of chirology and experienced chirlogists as well as professionals in the helping professions. For the latter group, using diagnostic chirology as a complementary tool can provide access to undisclosed information and new insights. Furthermore, Mrs. Brill has conducted empirical studies that successfully and significantly differentiates between given populations, showing the predictive power of various clusters of palm parameters.”
Samuel Melamed. Prof. (emeritus) of Health Psychology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University and the Academic College of Tel-Aviv- Jaffa, Israel.
“Talma Brill’s book, ‘The Hand – The Mirror of the Soul,’ presents theoretical and applied chirology in an understandable and clear way, while being a fascinating read. The book lays out the great complexity that exists in the palms of the hands and weaves for us the diverse and colorful canvases that comprise the unique personality of every human being. The book presents the possibility of seeing expressions of the tendencies that exist within us – as well as the possibilities for change. From my experience, I know that this knowledge has the power to give the person who comes for hand reading the possibility to leave it with new insights and equipped with tools that will facilitate change.”
Rina Porat, Clinical Psychologist, and Jungian Psychoanalyst
The book is, in a way, an unusual chirology book.
Part One and Two are a structured textbook on hand reading that deals with all the aspects of the hand, like hand types, right and left hands, primary and secondary lines on the hand, thumb, fingers, and so on. A special chapter deals with the issue of
Time as revealed in the hand. (Can one foretell the future? If so, is this worthwhile?) Another chapter deals with fingerprints (dermatoglyphics), which is a relatively new topic in the field of chirology, though rich in research, especially in genetic medicine. The material is accessible both for the professional and the layperson.
Part Three and Four are more unusual.
In Part Three, I survey certain subjects in an integrative way. Many things are expressed in the hands in more than one way, and usually in a cluster of ways. Therefore, one should not judge or identify something in the hand according to one detail or parameter. Rather, one must look at the large, general picture. Part Three surveys many topics in this way, such as creativity, sense of humor, intelligence, writing talent, emotional stress, and others. The subjects I find particularly important here are those that deal with the identification of signs of stress, depression and suicidal tendencies. From my experience and my scientific research, I am convinced that depressive and suicidal signs in the hand are valid and that it is worthwhile to identify and pay attention to them. This knowledge offers a strong diagnostic tool for therapists in order to identify a possibility or a danger of committing suicide.
Part Four of the book reviews three scientific hand studies that I conducted among schizophrenic patients, potential suicides, and among the Ultra-Orthodox.
A short time after the book was published on Amazon, it was rated as #1 best seller in three categories. Today it is sold also in the Chinese and Indian markets.
The Book is also sold to the Chinese Market