They're NOT worry lines

they’re not wrinkles they’re “thinkles ♦ personality markers ♦ genetically determined ♦ scientific research into left and right brain functions ♦ 7 basic personality types

BrainLines are the vertical lines between your eyebrows when you frown or squint. These lines are indicators of personality, formed by the relative strengths of the left and right brains. Infants show BrainLines when they frown, which stay the same as they grow, indicating that BrainLines were genetically determined. In the West, frown-lines are a dreaded sign of age; women try to hide them with bangs, plastic surgery, injections of silicone, and shots of botulism. Men don’t care so much. It is time to see those wrinkles in a new light—to see them as BrainLines!

As a researcher who also specializes in brain dominance as it affects creative capacities, I found [BrainLines] to be uncannily accurate. I’ve been reading the BrainLines of people I know ever since I started reading the book. On a flight, I read my own versus my husband’s, then passed it on to him for confirmation. Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell have garnered their insights over many years, both from personal observation and careful scientific research. The book is fun to read and makes total sense of the unseen workings in your brain via those telling lines on your forehead!

Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D.

Thirty years of research have identified seven basic BrainLine patterns. People with similar patterns have interests and traits that are strikingly alike. BrainLines help us see that we are all hard-wired to work the way we do. Race, age, color, culture, and gender make no difference to those who can read BrainLines—the true indicators of the basic self.

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Neuropsychological processes or tendencies are hardwired into each person, present from birth and modified throughout life to some degree. The outward display of any human behavior marks the interaction of the DNA-influenced neuronal interactions with the ongoing environmental stressor(s) of that time. The book, BrainLines, adds a physical “twist” to this naturalistic principle just as handedness previously was scientifically predicted and shown to delineate brain functional dominance or dominant tendencies.

Jonathan Artz, M.D., Clinical Neurologist and Neurophysiologist



Take the BrainLines Test!

Step 1: Check out your face in a mirror. If you have just one BrainLine, it may be on either side of the area between your eyebrows, or it may be in the center. If you have two, one may be longer or deeper than the other. Even if you have no BrainLines, that is a BrainLines reading and reveals your brain balance. The comparative length and depth of your BrainLines and their positions are clues to left- or right-brain dominance or balance.

Step 2: Find the face below that has BrainLines like your own, and click on it to read your “quickie” profile.

Go ahead, get insight, have fun, feel connected.

Balanced Double

The Balanced Double reading displays two lines of equal length, one on each side of the forehead between the eyebrows.

Scattered? Sure. Frenetic? Maybe. Multi-talented? You bet! You have an idea-a-minute, from the abstract poetic to the hard edge of sequential logic. All options are open to you, which makes you a great problem-solver, if you can focus long enough.

Some of us can’t see all sides as you do. As you go out in the field, sniffing every scent, finding out all the information, others will be following the footpath. Both may reach the same point, but you will have discovered so much more along the way.

Relationship tip: You’re juiced by happiness, and will bend over backwards to stay that way. Such flexibility is like money in the bank when it comes to a relationship. Yet you don’t wimp out when times are tough. You find every possible solution. When you choose the perfect partner, you will be an inspiration to them with your whirlwind of ideas and interests.

Two Balanced Doubles together? Anything is possible!

Edward Abbey, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Yasser Arafat, Richard Avedon, Matthew Barney, Ruth Bernhard, Jorge Luis Borges, Louise Bourgeois, Adrien Brody, George W. Bush, George Bush,  Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Julie Delpy, Dr. Dean Edell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Geraldine Ferraro, Al Gore, Katherine Graham, Alan Greenspan, Andrew Grove, Carla Gugino, George Harrison, Vaclav Havel, General Claudia Kennedy, Maggie Kuhn, George Marshall, Dr. Oz, Sean Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sam Shepard, John Sununu, John Waters, Rachel Weisz


The Center reading consists of a single vertical line in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows.

Did anyone ever tell you they thought you were reading their mind? Have you ever felt like you knew the answers to questions before they were asked? No surprise.

You are equipped with a broadband connection to your intuition, which means your hunches sometimes surprise even you. You’ve also got a knack for finding a logical way around life’s challenges. You can do it all, if you can let go of the reins on your mind and trust your instincts.

Relationship tip: You’re the most interesting person you know, and you can take love or leave it. But once you find the person who can keep you stimulated on all levels, you can dig deep into your reserves of love and compassion. You’ll need your alone time, but don’t overdo it.

Your partner will probably want more shows of affection than you anticipate. Give it a whirl! You’ll be making both your lives all the richer.

John Barrymore, Samuel Beckett, Jimmy Carter, Winston Churchill, Jean Cocteau, Sarah Ferguson, M.F.K. Fisher, Lucien Freud, Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Robyn Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, Augustus John, Michael Jordan, Stephen King, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Monty Miranda, Bishop Paul Moore, Ezra Pound, Tom Selleck, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Igor Stravinsky, John Travolta, James van Praagh, Gore Vidal, Alan Wolk.


The Clear reading can be recognized in people who, even when they frown, exhibit no clearly-defined pattern of vertical or horizontal lines in the area between the eyebrows. They may show a jumble of dimples and swirls, or no markings at all.

You’ll never feel the need for Botox between your eyebrows. Maybe that’s how you can be so focused on your goals. On the way, you’re appreciating all the trappings of success for which you’ve worked so hard.

You’re designed to adapt to any circumstances, but, in adulthood, beware of becoming a hard-liner. You’ve left some egos floating in your wake, but it’s a tough world out there and you’ll think about the meaning of life once you’ve got where you’re going.

Relationship tip: You’re looking for the ideal mate in a stable relationship. The less emotional, the better, as far as you’re concerned. Growing up, some dates may have called you insensitive, so you’ve learned to shape your responses to anyone’s needs. The pressure of doing so will build. Better tell your partner how you feel before you explode.

With your extensive abilities, you’re a prize catch for any prospective partner.

Celia Alvarez, Tammy Faye Bakker, Pierce Brosnan, William F. Buckley Jr., Chiang Kai-Shek, Lawrence Durrell, Antoine Fuqua, David Geffen, Benny Goodman, Ernest Hemingway, Djimon Hounson, Jesse Jackson, Rinko Kikuchi, Larry King, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, Benjamin Netanyahu, Norio Ohga, Seth Rogen, Thierry Roussel, Mark Ruffalo, Bob Vila, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Walters.

Left Clear

People with the Left Clear reading show one line on your left-hand side of the forehead between the eyebrows.

You’re a poet with a surgeon’s eye. You are most successful in imaginative, even idealistic, pursuits.

If you’re an artist, you’re the rare kind that has the confidence and pragmatism to market their own work. If you’re an entrepreneur, you want to make people’s lives better with your inventions, even while making a living from them.

Don’t hide your soft side, there’s room at the top for a big heart.

Relationship tip: “I’m sorry, it just feels like we’re getting in a rut.” Did you say that? Love is your bed of oysters and you want to find the pearls. You’ve been disappointed when your vision of a relationship didn’t come true.

Once you’ve found someone who can keep up with your need for excitement, you’ll devote yourself to refining the relationship until it’s running smoothly. Then you’ll be able to work towards your dream.

Half the fun is getting there.

W.H.Auden, Lindsey Buckingham, Bill Cosby, Ram Dass, Willem de Kooning, Robert J. Eaton, Gerald Ford, Bill Gates, John Goodman, Scott Hamilton, Peter Jennings, Geoffrey Miller, Minnesota Fats, Rupert Murdoch, Pervez Musharraf, Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Maggie Ross, Charles Ruff, Richard Serra, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gertrude Stein.

Left Double

The Left Double reading displays two lines, one on each side of the forehead between the eyebrows. The line on your left-hand side is longer than the one on the right.

“There are no pastimes, only passions.” Bet you wish you’d said that. If you’ve been given a free enough rein in your lifetime, you feel the truth of that saying. There’s a neon sign over your head that reads, “Creative.” And that can cover everything from painting through writing to social skills and lifestyle.

You are aware of all the emotional levels around you. If you could, you’d ask everyone the questions that would lay their souls bare. You are spontaneous, sensitive and emotional. You’re quite a handful!

Relationship tip: Courtship, to you, means mystery and theater. Not to mention passion, which is a constant in your life. Your partner will have to be imaginative to keep up with you. You also need someone who is notintimidated by non-conformity and creativity, and who is not easily embarrassed.

You may have to “upgrade” partners a few times, but the search will be exciting, delicious and full of fun. Just like life itself.

Richard Burton, John Cleese, Glenn Close, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Judi Dench, Bob Dole, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, K.D. Lang, Andie McDowell, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Gregory Peck, Pablo Picasso, Paul Reffell, Julia Roberts, Chris Rock, Donna Sheehan, Kiki Smith, Randy Travis, Sol Wachtler, Lesley Ann Warren, Boris Yeltsin

Right Clear

The Right Clear person shows a single BrainLine on your right-hand side of the forehead between the eyebrows

The speed of your mind sometimes leaves others in the dust. You make quick decisions based on facts, and you don’t let emotion slow you down. That cool exterior doesn’t fool your closest friends and family, who know the love and compassion of which you are capable. So what if you’ve never been the life of the party, the world needs your laser-like ability to cut through the hype. You are a lighthouse in a stormy sea: dependable, safe, solid and true.

Relationship tip: Remember, it’s O.K. (but not mandatory) to lighten up with the people who love you. You can show love in many ways other than programming the VCR or making picture-perfect pies. The right relationship must be as important as your career. Make allowances for the unexpected while drawing up the plans for your life together.

Orlando Bloom, James Broughton, Robert Carlyle, John Cassavetes, Miguel Ferrer, Madeline Gleason, William Hurt, Lee Iacocca, Rick Kaplan, Ralph Lauren, Michael McClure, Yevgeni Primakov, Queen Elizabeth II, Adlai Stevenson, Eric Stoltz


Right Double

The Right Double reading displays two lines, one on each side of the forehead between the eyebrows.

The line on your right-hand side is longer than the one on the left.

You’re the observer with the twinkling eye and the concise one-liner to sum up the occasion. You could be a rocket scientist with an art degree.

Although you would love to organize your life, you have that quirky side that keeps everything slightly off-balance. Don’t deny your sensitivity to the feelings of the people around you. It’s a valuable asset.

Thank goodness you’re around to give sensible advice to the more illogical among us, yet maintain your sense of humor. If you were an IPO, you’d be a great investment.

Relationship tip: You are tolerant, idealistic, rational and practical. Need we say more? Well, O.K., you’re also prone to letting your career take precedence over your relationship. But you have some built-in emotional radar that will tell you when your partner’s getting antsy for expressions of love. Pay attention and don’t keep your love-life on auto-pilot.

James Baldwin, Mayor Willie Brown, Jim Carrey, Julia Childs, Chow Yun Fat, Peter Coyote, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Dickey, Michael Douglas, Albert Einstein, Charlton Heston, Don Johnson, Jack Kevorkian, Kevin Kline, Gabriel Orozco, Leon Panetta, Robert Redford, Kenneth Rexroth, Geraldo Rivera, Mister Rogers, Orville Schell, Charles Schwab, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jessica Tandy, Elizabeth Taylor, Ted Turner.