July 12, 2012

Zygomatic muscle

Wikipedia reads:

“While conducting research on the physiology of facial expressions in the mid-19th century, French physician Guillaume Duchenne identified two distinct types of smiles. A Duchenne smile involves contraction of both the zygomatic major muscle (which raises the corners of the mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscle (which raises the cheeks and forms crow’s feet around the eyes). A non-Duchenne smile involves only the zygomatic major muscle. [...]

The Pan-Am smile, also known as the Botox smile, is the name given to a ‘fake smile’, in which only the zygomatic major muscle is voluntarily contracted to show politeness. “

The fact is you are evaluated by a potential partner among other issues also by your smile. Most scientists believe that the reason we use facial expressions like smiling is because it helps us to communicate to others how we’re feeling.

Your potential partners would be glad to know how you feel at a certain moment; for instance as you meet them for the first time, the second time and the following one. If you still have the Pan Am smile after a couple of meetings, most probably you are talking to a wrong partner. A common business cannot be managed for long with fake smiles.

Maybe you can spare yourself one or the other meeting… if you’d be using your zygomatic major muscle only… :-)

The oldie of the week: Billy Joel : Just The Way You Are (1977)

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