If you’re considering getting Botox injections, watch out. You may turn into a crappy friend or spouse. Why? Botox is designed to inhibit our ability to express emotions on our faces. According to a study discussed recently in The New York Times, this inability to display emotions means we also can’t mimic others’ emotions which in turn “robs [us] of the ability to understand what people are feeling.”
Huh? You see when we listen to others, we unconsciously imitate their expressions which then “communicates emotions to the brain.” So if you’re unable to physically express emotion, then you can’t imitate it either, thereby making you less able to empathize.
I’m all for trying to look great. But is being line-free worth being less empathetic and friend-less?