Re: Resting Face
I've gotten this a lot in my life - too many times to count. I think a lot of the time, people may be misreading "tense" for "mad". Some people are quite relaxed and it shows up in their expression - some (like many of us) are tense and/or stressed...even if we don't always realize it. We can carry a lot of tension in our bodies (including the face).
Actually I've learned more than ever that your mental state shows up in your facial expression - as if the brain automatically (w/o our awareness) sends signals to the facial muscles. When I was off my meds several months ago and the anxiety became a horrific, raging monster with a life all it's own...my face was the most tense it's ever been. I could feel it - and I could look in the mirror and see it. I had to make a very conscious effort to relax certain facial muscles (but they would tense right back up if I didn't constantly concentrate on doing this). I even developed new "lines" in my face because of this. (As a woman who never got to enjoy her "youthful good looks" - this upsets me!)
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