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Professional Orientation and the Application of Phrenology in Human Resources

One of the typical fields of application of Phrenology is human resources. The following descriptions, taken from Wells, highlight the developments of phrenological faculties requisite for a number of arts and trades.
  • The Law
  • Statesmanship
  • Medicine
  • Divinity
  • Journalism
  • Commerce
  • The Mechanic Arts
  • The Fine Arts



    The Law

    Lawyers require the mental-vital temperament to give them intensity of feeling and clearness of intellect; large Eventuality, to recall law cases and decisions; large Comparison, to compare different parts of the law and evidence - to criticize, cross-question, illustrate and adduce similar cases; and large Language, to give freedom of speech. 
    Phrenology will tell you how to acquire and use these powers and faculties to the best advantage. Try it.


    Statesmen require large and well-balanced intellects, to enable them to understand and see through great public measures and choose the best course, together with high moral heads, to make them disinterested, and seek the people's good, not selfish ends.

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    Physicians require large Perceptive faculties, so that they may study and apply a knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology with skill and success; full Destructiveness, lest they shrink from inflicting the pain necessary to cure; large Constructiveness, to give them skill in surgery; large Combativeness, to render them resolute and prompt; large Cautiousness, to render them judicious and safe; and a large head, to give them general power of mind. 
    Phrenology will predict, in advance, whether or not a student will succeed in this profession.


    Clergymen require the mental temperament, to give them a decided predominance of Mind over their animal propensities; a large frontal and coronal region, the former to give them intellectual capacity, and the latter to impart high moral worth, aims and feelings, elevation of character, and blamelessness of conduct; large Veneration, Hope and Spirituality, to imbue them with the spirit of faith and devotion; large Benevolence and Adhesiveness, so thaty they make all who know them love them, and thus win eachother over the paths of truth and righteousness. 
    Clergymen do well to consult Phrenology; it would enable them to account for many seeming mysteries, and give them power and influence to do great good. 

    Note by page author: These statements are of course also largely applicable to non-confessionnal moral counselors.

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    Editors also require a mental temperament, with large Individuality and Eventuality, to collect and disseminate incidents, facts, news and give a practical cast of mind; large Comparison, to enable them to illustrate, criticise, show up errors, and the like; full or large Combativeness, to render them spirited; large Language, to render them copious, free, spicy and racy; and large Ideality, to give them taste and elevated sentiments. 
    An editor who understands and applies Phrenology possesses a power which he may use with great effect. "He can take your measure".


    Merchants require Acquisitiveness, to impart a desire and tact for business; large Hope, to promote enterprise; full Cautiousness, to render them safe; large Perceptives, to give quick and correct judgment of the qualities of goods; good Calculation, to impart rapidity and correctness in casting accounts; large Approbativeness, to render them courteous and affable; and full Adhesiveness, to enable them to make friends of customers, and thus retain them.
    Why is one young man a better salesman than another? and why is one better worth a salary twice or thrice the amount than another? Phrenology answers this by pointing out the constitutional differences, and showing who is, and who is not, adapted to mercantile life. You had better consult Phrenology, and choose accordingly.

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    The Mechanic Arts

    Engineers require strong constitutions, to give them muscular power and love of labour; large Constructiveness and Imitation, to enable them to use tools with dexterity; work after a pattern, and easily learn to do what they may see others do; and large Perceptive faculties, to give the required judgment of matter and the fitness of things.

    The Fine Arts

    Artists require the mental temperament, high organic quality and large Ideality to impart the necessary intellectual appreciation of the laws of beauty and the rules of art, taste, refinement, delicacy, imagination, and lofty aspirations; Constructiveness, to give skill in the use of the implements of art; Imitation, to enable them to copy well; and large Perceptives to impart judgment of the forms and qualities of things.

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