What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Personality?

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” – Charlotte Bronte

Denny Ray Johnson developed the Rayid model, which is a method of interpreting the markings in one’s iris and indicate characteristics, patterns, behavioral traits, attitudes, challenges and strengths that reside within each person. The Rayid model designates four Iris patterns, with two being primary and two that are secondary. The primary patterns are identified as the “Jewel” and “Flower.” Each person’s eyes fall into one of these two patterns and these two patterns are modified by the secondary patterns which are labeled the “Stream” and “Shaker.” Understanding these four categories can help you to distinguish certain unique personality traits and types.






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Jewel types are identified by freckles, specks, or dots that are brown, orange, or gold in color and appear to be sprinkled throughout the rest of the cornea. Those who fall into the basic eye type of the jewel are thought and thinking oriented people. A jewel person primarily navigates life through thinking, observing, and analyzing.

This type of person is also a visual learned and responds most strongly to information obtained visually. They absorb visual stimuli and communicate it with strong verbal precision. Jewels can be intense, detail oriented, and controlling, finding it difficult to change or be flexible. They can fear criticism, loss of control, and lack of freedom. They can be future oriented, active, interesting, and may hide away their depth of emotions.




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The flower type is the other primary type and can be identified by distinct curving and rounded openings in the fibers of the iris. The hallmark of the flower type is emotion and feeling based personality. Flowers tend to feel and express deep emotions and to communicate more through gesture, emotion, and images. They can be introverted or extroverted ranging from shy and timid to gregarious and warmly affectionate.

Whereas the Jewel type is a visual learner, the Flower type tends to be an auditory learner, a lover of music, and one who does well with clearly given auditory instruction. Flowers are those who go with the flow, enjoy spontaneity, and embrace change. Change is a keyword with Flower types. Flowers are creative, innovative, and vibrant, but may lack the wherewithal to see projects through to their end. They are quick learners and can benefit from learning to trust themselves.




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Stream iris types are identified by very uniform fiber patterns which tend to radiate out from the center sometimes displaying streaks of color. Pure stream types are very rare and area almost always a combination with Flower or Jewel types. People who embody the stream personality type are kinesthetic people- primarily experiencing the world and learning about it through touch and by physically engaging with people and their environment. They are highly sensitive, perceptive, and empathic people, very attuned to the energies of everything and everyone around them, but they also carry an inherent inner stillness. For this reason they can serve as an excellent balancing agent in relationships and social situations, but on the unbalanced end of things, can take on the emotions of others. Streams have a great deal of energy which they easily transfer, and they are great team member and often are instrumental in bringing about change and progress.



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Shaker types are recognized by a combination of dots or specks in the pigment fibers (Jewel) as well as rounded openings (Flower). As their name indicates, Shakers are the revolutionaries. They are the movers and the shakers of the world, possessing dynamic and exuberant energy and passion. These people spearhead societal and world change, bringing excitement, motivation, and conviction to any cause they become a part of.

Shakers can be impetuous and extremely opinionated, and can inspire and motivate others. Shakers tend to learn and explore by moving their physical bodies and by experiencing touch. As children they are often highly independent, difficult to instruct, and have a hard time being physically still or obeying. In imbalance, these types can be dominating, can burn themselves out, or have addiction problems. At their best, they are world-changers and revolutionaries.

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau

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