The image of Princess Diana as expressed in her hands would appear to be in perfect contradiction to the serene, gentle, composed and somewhat fragile lady that had largely defined her public image. From a psychological perspective her circumstances appeared to have been rather plebian, and quite unlike what often described the ladies of distinction we have come to know from our history books, or those depicted in the paintings of classical artists. The features which were central to her true psychical make-up would be those described by:
1) The bent tip phalange of the index finger (when the phalanges below it are relatively straight) has us understand that Diana's early life found her the target of the most relentless and unforgiving criticism. This criticism would never have been constructive. Rather, it would have aimed at having the little girl identify totally with guilt and shame. Indeed, so saturated with guilt and shame had Diana become over the years, and so overwhelmed by the anger and rage which this had raised in her, that she would never have been able to tolerate even a suggestion of criticism at any time in her adult life. Even the mildest and most restrained words of criticism would cause her to be overcome (and to vent) a terrible anger. She would never have been able to adequately explain this anger, nor would anyone likely have guessed its origin. (The reader may be directed to article #25 on the Download page: "The Guilt/Shame Projection Complex")
2) The angle of the tip phalange of the little finger, however slight (when the phalanges below it are relatively straight), speaks of some manner of emotional molestation in her early pre-genital years. A direct extension of this emotional molestation would be a painful erosion of her evaluation of her self worth. So ingrained would this difficult inner image of herself be that she would find herself quite incapable of responding to what might otherwise have been corrective experiences. (The reader may turn to theme #7 - The Inverse Guilt Syndrome - on the PDC Profiles page).
3) Where the third, or ring, finger appears decidedly shorter than the first, or index, finger we have a circumstance which we tend to speak of as The Focus-On-Me Mother Syndrome (see theme #3 on the PDC Profiles page). The central issue here would be the seeming arrest of communication which normally transpires between a person and himself, or herself, from birth to the twenties. As people mature they generally develop an awareness of their inherent talents and capabilities. They also become aware of the possibilities available to them in the physical, material and social world in which they find themselves. Thus, upon entering their twenties these people would gravitate to self-autonomy and assume responsibilities for their adult life. If the communication we had referred to had transpired this person would have been made alert to whatever might lead them to self-actualization and self-fulfillment. However, the short ring finger possessed by Diana would suggest that this communication had not been adequately effected, and that she really had no idea what her direction in life should be. Until her marriage to Prince Charles she could do no better than work as a nanny for an American couple and as a kindergarten teacher.
4) Where there exists a distinct disparity in the general dimensions of the first and middle fingers as compared to the ring and little fingers we have a condition we may speak of as Primary Ambivalence (the reader may turn to article #27 on the Download page). The reader may compare the distinct thinness of the little finger with the thickness of the middle or index fingers. Normally, inasmuch as their lengths would differ, the girths of these fingers should not be too dissimilar. This construction defines a condition where the image a person may project to those beyond himself, or herself, would be considerably stronger and surer of will than how these same people may, in fact, feel about themselves behind their own eyes, as it were. Their inner sense of self-worth would be wanting and experienced as a dimension quite apart, in almost every respect, from the way others may perceive them.
Quite apart from the constructions seen here and their significance in the evolvement of personality, there must also be significance in what is not seen. A close examination of the dermatoglyphice (skin texture and patterns) point to a very shallow potential for emotional responsiveness. The Freudian concept Repition Compulsion evidently carries much weight here, because (a) we do not find any constructions which identify true emotional depth with a libidinal need for attachments, and (b) she would tend to identify and repeat (in compulsive fashion) the temper of all the mental and emotional scars which she carries from infancy. So, in perfect contradiction to her public persona, we may expect Princess Diana to demonstrate a capacity for selfishness and emotional cruelty - but again, only at a distance from the public eye.
An excerpt from the official biography of Princess Diana:
The reader will note the very unstable early homelife of the princess and the the radical adjustments in her "home" environments as a young girl. The reader may note as well the lack of any defined direction in the progress of her life until her marriage to Prince Charles.
Diana, Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the youngest daughter of the then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, now the late (8th) Earl Spencer and the Hon. Mrs Shand-Kydd, daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. Earl Spencer was Equerry to George VI from 1950 to 1952, and to The Queen from 1952 to 1954. Lady Diana's parents, who had married in 1954, separated in 1967 and the marriage was dissolved in 1969. Earl Spencer later married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth in 1976.
Together with her two elder sisters Sarah (born 1955), Jane (born 1957) and her younger brother Charles (born 1964), Lady Diana continued to live with her father at Park House, Sandringham, until the death of her grandfather, the 7th Earl Spencer. In 1975, the family moved to the Spencer family seat at Althorp (a stately house dating from 1508) in Northamptonshire, in the English Midlands.
Lady Diana was educated first at a preparatory school, Riddlesworth Hall at Diss, Norfolk, and then in 1974 went as a boarder to West Heath, near Sevenoaks, Kent. At school she showed a particular talent for music (as an accomplished pianist), dancing and domestic science, and gained the school's award for the girl giving maximum help to the school and her schoolfellows. She left West Heath in 1977 and went to finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Rougemont, Switzerland, which she left after the Easter term of 1978. The following year she moved to a flat in Coleherne Court, London. For a while she looked after the child of an American couple, and she worked as a kindergarten teacher at the Young England School in Pimlico.
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