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THE HAIR PART THEORY (1999, pdf),(doc) is a completely new idea that states that the way one parts their hair affects the way they are perceived by others, and these effects over the long term can and do change personalities. Some surprisingly accurate predictions of personality and behavior can be made by applying the theory to individuals, both famous and not famous

Please follow the links below for press releases, recent press, and the full Hair Part Theory

New! Hair Part Theory Blog - more information that you could ever know was possible about hair parts - including new commentary on what the latest examples of Hair Parts affecting social interactions with famous and infamous people! (Note - this is still a work in progress - and just got started - but a great place to put your own comments!

RadioLab's great podcast about mirrors, symmetry and Hair Parts! Includes John Walter's story of discovering how changing his right hair part was the key to social success!

2/5/09 - HOW HAIR PLAYS A 'PART' IN YOUR CAREER: Careerbuidler.com writer Anthony Balderrama talks about hair parts and making a first impression at getting your best job

2/10/09: BLAME IT ON THE HAIR PART: Explaining Rod Blagojevich's odd behavior - does he have "Right Hair Partitus"?

After an entire career on TV sporting the right hair part (well matched with her high creativity), Martha Stewart is wearing a left part. See how differently she appears and how she tends to be much more serious on camera.

What does it mean?
Should hair parts be news, or is it just more frivolous media attention to a non-story and more sexist focusing on appearance. Is there really a political significance to hair parts? We think so, take a look at what the Hair Part Theory says about the brief switch

Vanity Fair magazine editor Graden Carter's take on John McCain's right hair part in the October 2008 Vanity Fair issue. Click here to go to the full Letter from the Editor", click on page 2 to see where the Hair Part Theory has some more political points to make. Also, to add to the mix, note that the other candidates add to a perfect split...McCain/Palin are both right-parters, Obama/Biden are both no-parters. More on this soon. 4/08 -BUY SELL OR COMB OVER - Hair Part Theory and the Fortune 500! Hair Part News! Fortune magazine ran a short piece about the effects of Hair Parts on CEO selection - sort of tongue in cheek, but it is surprising how the theory fits the nature of the top executives! Click on this link for the Fortune 500 online picture gallery, and this link for a jpg scan of the article,

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The Hair Part Theory reveals new insights to the 2008 Presidential candidates, and can help explain voter choices in this chaotic election season. Typical of most leaders in our culture, almost all of them part their hair on one side or the other, with only Barack Obama standing out as a charismatic "no-parter". In fact, when you look at the top 19 candidates, more than 80% show characteristics directly related to how they part their hair. While choosing a candidate is based on a wide range of qualities, appearance and personality are at the top of list - using the Hair Part Theory sheds light on these and on how a candidate may act once they are in office.

2004: SIDE HAIR PARTS AFFECTING PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE MEDIA This study points out that the latest Presidential race is dominated by side parting candidates, suggesting the possibility that there is a large class of individuals not being represented - those that don't part at all - a group that is likely to be more than 50% of the public, yet only represented about 10% - in politics, the media, and in corporations

2000:THE REAL REASON GORE LOST THE ELECTION In Dec 2000, the Theory was applied to give a new reason Al Gore lost the election - his hair part was on the right side!

1999:What is your Hair Part Saying About You? First published in 1999 by brother and sister team, John and Catherine Walter, the full study analyzed the hair parts of the 105th Congress and state Governors, finding very interesting distributions. Also the hair parts of all the Presidents were analyzed and matched up with ratings scales for key success factors.

The Hair Part Theory: Summary

What Is Your Hair Part Saying About You?

The Effects of Hair Parting on Social Appraisal and Personal Development

By Catherine Walter and John Walter
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Surprisingly, a hair part has a crucial impact on interpersonal relationships by affecting immediate character appraisal, perceived personality traits, self-perception and self-development!

The Hair Part Theory was developed by a brother-sister team trained, respectively, in nuclear physics and cultural anthropology. Their revolutionary theory is now being made available to the general public, so that all individuals can have more control over automatic and mostly unconscious assessments made of their personalities by others. John and Catherine Walter also produce the True Mirror®, a mirror that does not reverse the viewer's image and which therefore allows an accurate self-assessment.

A left hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to masculinity. A right hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to femininity.

A man who parts his hair on the right, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role is at risk for having difficulties in interpersonal relationships, since he is sending a mixed, subconscious message by emphasizing the activities of the brain traditionally attributed to femininity.

A woman who parts her hair on the left, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role (for example, in business or politics) will be taken more seriously than a woman with a right part, who is emphasizing mental processes that are traditionally attributed to femininity.

Use the links below to access the full theory paper, as well as an analysis of United States Presidents, Vice Presidents, state Governors (in office 9/98), and the Senators and Representatives of the 105th Congress according to their hair part choice, with an emphasis on those who part their hair on the right. Additionally, a list of famous men who wear a right part is included, since these men illustrate some of the surprising ways that a right hair part affects personality and perception of personality.

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