Expression of Emotion is a Complicated Social Skill

February 25, 2017

A new research study finds that smiling all of the time is not perceived by others as favorable. It depends on the situation and the moods of those around you. “despite its bad reputation, suppression is a useful strategy when applied in a contextually appropriate manner” (p. 184). We don’t generally like people who seem to show no emotions at all (hence the anti- “resting bitch face” bias), but if their suppression reflects that they’re sensitive to the moods of those around them, then flat affect indeed wins the day.

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