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The Face of Emotion

How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

With compassion and insight, pioneering dermatologist Eric Finzi demonstrates the privileged role our facial expressions have in our lives, for our emotions, feelings, and relationships. We discover, through stories of individuals as well as current research, how our smiles and frowns powerfully affect our mental and physical health. He shows us how our moods, happiness, and valuations of the world are directly influenced by the unconscious faces we make. Finzi shows us through clinical trials his surprising discovery that Botox can be used to treat depression, even in patients who had been suffering for years. Finzi argues that Botox helps control the flow of negative emotions by inhibiting frowning, and how this feeds back to our brain to make us happier. A bold call to reevaluate how our minds really work, his provocative book introduces a new approach to mental health.

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Praise for The Face of Emotion

“The Face of Emotion is well worth reading. The scientific debate about the regulation of the emotions is as lively as ever, and this is a provocative and insightful contribution.”—New Scientist

 

“Even those who know all about [botox] will be intrigued.”—The New York Times

 

“A cool new book…there are real lessons to be learned.”—Self magazine

“A fascinating and entertaining survey of how our faces contribute to our emotions… important.”—Publishers Weekly

"Facial expressions drive our feelings, as Dr. Eric Finzi persuasively describes in The Face of Emotion. Brace yourself:  this enlightening, uplifting book will exercise your zygomatic major (smile).”—Jena Pincott, author of Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: The Science Behind Love, Sex, and Attraction

“This groundbreaking book about the relationship between facial expressions and emotions is likely to provoke great interest. Eric Finzi -- researcher, dermatologist and artist-- has crossed traditional barriers to take us on a journey that starts with Charles Darwin, who first suggested an influence of the muscles of the face on the passions of the mind, and leads all the way to Botox as an unexpected potential treatment for depression.” —Norman E. Rosenthal, author of the New York Times bestseller Transcendence

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.

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The Face of Emotion

How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships

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