What is Dermatoglyphics?
The word dermatoglyphics is derived from the ancient Greek word derma which means skin and glyphs which means carving. Dermatoglyphics came from the research of fingerprints (lines that protrude) and the prints from the soles of the feet, physical growth, genetics, mass distribution and applied science. Since 1823, scientists discovered that there is a co-relation between fingerprints (dermatoglyphics) and the brain’s innate and multiple intelligences / wisdom. These findings have later been confirmed by medical research. Fingerprints and sole prints start to form at 13 weeks during the fetal development stage and by week 21, they are fully formed.
During this stage, the lines and ridges on the fingerprints and the cerebrum (brain) are growing at the same time. Once the fingerprints are formed, it stays for a lifetime and does not change. The only time the prints will change is during the formation period due to genetic factors or when there are environmental factors. This deduction is based upon genetics, embryology, dermatoglyphics and neuroscience. In addition to that, it also uses observation, recording, comparison, classification methods, clinical experience and the integration of multiple intelligences / wisdom. By the 1920s, research had begun on the genetic significance of fingerprints; particularly for Down’s Syndrome and the characteristic hand formations it produces (Cummins and Midlo). Following on from then, significant research has been conducted in the scientific dermatoglyphics field.
In the 70s and 80s, Russia and China used fingerprint data to select sporting talents for the Olympics. Hence dermatoglyphics is like a map that leads us to explore our innate intelligence. If we utilize this map, we are able to ascertain each another’s innate potential, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and grasp each another’s unique qualities and differences. This leads us to create a customized development plan for every individual. Parents are able to develop their children’s inborn talents and overcome their shortcomings using a clear cut plan for development.