Research Shows How a Smile Can Be a Blessing or a Curse


Research Shows How a Smile Can Be a Blessing or a Curse


Since the early 1990s, there has been a significant amount of research looking at the biology of the smile. A 2019 study by Coles, Larsen, and Lench analyzed the results of 138 studies on smiling and concluded that smiling actually affects our brain chemicals and lifts our moods.

What an amazing tool we can all access, right? Well, sure. But, just like many other things in the field of psychology, this great tool can be—and often is—misused and overused, usually completely unconsciously. And when this happens, the positive, helpful effects of your smile can become your enemy....

.....Carl Rogers (1959), easily one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, coined the term “incongruence” to describe when a person`s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations (inner experience) do not match what’s shown outwardly (external experience). It wasn’t that Diana was being insincere. Actually, she was employing a very adaptive coping skill she learned in order to survive in her emotion-free childhood home.

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Kathleen Notes: A true smile is a gift, when it`s used to cover up real emotions that`s a problem.

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