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V. Hugo also said about the expression on his face, saying that it always reflects the inner world of a person. Doctors and psychologists agree with him. Not without reason in classical psychology there is a whole layer of research that studies the expression of thoughts, experiences of a person with the help of facial muscles. What is facial expression - a mirror of our internal state or the ability to manipulate others? Will its development benefit us or should everything be left as it is? We will touch on these issues in our article.

How facial expressions work

Remember the expression "read between the lines"? This is what others are doing, looking at our face. About 57 facial muscles are responsible for the manifestation of emotions. They can be compared to piano keys. This is due to the anatomical structure: they are attached only at one end to the bones of the skull. To others, they are woven into the scalp or other muscles. The facial muscles are so sensitive that they unwittingly transmit our emotions to the face, like to the screen.


Another amazing property of facial muscles is their memory. Repeating certain emotions over and over, a special facial mask is fixed on the face. And it is good if it is caused by positive events. All anxieties, fears, worries, illnesses are also seen by others. You may be friendly, but the lowered corners of the mouth, frowning eyebrows will create a different impression in people. Once again, sad events can be in the past, and facial expressions can still be misleading to this day.

Any muscle “mask” referred to as a pattern is a constant tension of the facial muscles. Naturally, such clips do not add to us beauty, health, happiness, full communication. The appearance of age-related changes is accelerated, “off-schedule” wrinkles, folds, and creases of the skin on the face are formed.


Particular attention should be paid to work on facial expressions if you hear: “something happened?”, “Why are you so sad?”, “Can I help you with something?”, “Smile, at last!” And despite the fact that you are doing well. In psychology, there is even the concept of "bitchy face syndrome."


Another argument in favor of working on facial muscles: with their help, you can convey absolutely any emotion, but we use only the template ones we are used to. If you work with people, speak publicly, then work on facial expressions is simply necessary. With its improvement, you will be surprised how clearer the diction became, the voice sounded brighter.


It turns out that improving and controlling facial expressions is not only possible, but also necessary. “At the exit” you will get better communication with people, maintain natural beauty, restore peace of mind after removing muscle clamps.

How to improve what you have

It is not necessary to spend money on acting or oratory. Even at home, you can practice simple exercises in front of the mirror that will benefit. The thing is their regularity. Experts advise giving classes at least 15-20 minutes a day.

But first, determine the scope of work. Take a picture of a person at rest, ask the opinion of strangers if you doubt your impartiality. Would you be comfortable communicating with such a person? What impression does your “showcase” make on others? If there is something to work on, we proceed:

learning to control muscle movementusing the ability to move your ears, wink, raise eyebrows, rounding or squinting your eyes. Studying the muscles responsible for the formation of a particular emotion will allow you to find a pleasant expression, make your face more mobile;

• if you find negative traits reflected on the “screen”,can't do without control. Under close attention can fall the tilt of the head, a crooked grin, narrowed eyes, the habit of wrinkling your nose or forehead. It happens that muscle memory is literally imprinted in the mind, so use “reminders” or ask loved ones for control;

• got into an unpleasant situation? Beyond Composuredon't forget to “save face”. In cases that are unsettling, it is easier than ever to return to the usual expression. But / by following a different scenario, you will only win. It turns out that facial expressions directly affect our mood. Remaining calm and calm, soon you will really feel better;

work on the internal state.If the external picture is contrary to the true emotional feelings, it does not cause anything other than falsehood to others. Therefore, if you want to look happy, then be them. That is all wisdom. Think about why you can call yourself a lucky person who feels good right now;

At first, you may be surprised how stony your facial muscles are. You literally have to help with your hands in order to fervently wink at the reflection or smooth out the transverse wrinkle on the forehead. Over time, you will bring the art of pantomime to perfection. At the same time, you will feel lightness both in the soul and in relations with others.

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