The Face of Emotion by Eric Finzi
How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships

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William Shakespeare famously wrote that “a face is like a book,” and common wisdom has it that our faces reveal our deep-seated emotions. But what if the reverse were also true?  What if our facial expressions set our moods instead of revealing them? What if there were actual science to support the exhortation, “smile, be happy?” Dermatologic surgeon Eric Finzi has been studying that question for nearly two decades, and in this ground breaking book he marshals evidence suggesting that our facial expressions are not secondary to, but rather a central driving force of, our emotions. Based on clinical experience and original research, Dr. Finzi shows how changing a person’s face not only affects their relationships with others but also with themselves. In his studies using Botox, he has shown how inhibiting the frown of clinically depressed patients leads many to experience relief. This work is a dramatic departure from the neuroscience-based thinking on emotions that tends to view emotions solely as the result of neurotransmitters in the brain. Part absorbing medical narrative, part think piece on the nature of emotion, this is a bold call for us to rethink the causes of unhappiness.


About Eric Finzi

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Eric Finzi, MD, is the medical director and president of two dermatology practices in the DC area. He has authored over 20 research publications and has been on the faculty of the Dermatology department at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He is an active member of The American Academy of Dermatology, The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and The Washington Dermatologic Society. Dr. Finzi has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and A&E, and has contributed to articles in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and US News & World Report, among others.
Published January 29, 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Forget the eyes being the window to the soul—focus on the eyebrows. Beltway dermatologist Finzi argues that your face doesn’t just reflect the mood you’re in, it plays an integral role in generating f

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Finzi seems to be saying that people with depression can cure themselves just by looking happier, or by repressing their ability to look sad.

Jan 22 2013 | Read Full Review of The Face of Emotion: How Boto...

Although approaching questions of mood and emotion from the unlikely field of dermatology, Finzi makes an interesting argument for the face's control of affect, instead of the other way around. Although it would be easy to scoff at this seemingly backward thought, Finzi points to clinical trials ...

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