Do you know, you frown while thinking…

A110A frown (also known as a scowl) is a facial expression in which the eyebrows are brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or worry. We frown when we are confused and when we want to concentrate deeply on something.

By technical definition, it is wrinkling of brows. In North America it is primarily thought of as an expression of the mouth. In those cases when used satirically, as with an emotion, it is entirely presented by the curve of the lips forming a down-open curve. The mouth expression is also commonly referred to in the informal English phrase “turn that frown upside down” which indicates changing from sad to smiling face.

Charles Darwin described the primary act of frowning as the furrowing of the brow which leads to a rise in the upper lip and a down-turning of the corners of the mouth. In fact, frowning as a component of anger or disgust is widely recognized as a universal expression easily recognized across all cultures. In fact if you recall some good old day’s movies, you will recollect how some great actors used frowning to their advantage, while expressing some very intense feelings.

If you haven’t seen this Hitchcock movie of 1963 “Charade” staring Cary Grant with Audrey Hepburn which evocates one of Grant’s lighter Hitchcock roles. In the movie, Hepburn is a suddenly widowed beauty being pursued by a nasty bunch of American gangsters in Paris, and Grant is her mysterious protector. I think everyone should watch this movie for really watching how casually Cary Grant has used frowning to portray his role as Hepburn’s guard.

A111When frowns incorporate the furrowing of the brows they are a response to seeming obstacles in achieving of goals. While frowns that involve movement of the cheeks reflect an unpleasant reaction. We frown in exclamation to show our excitement, we frown to portray our disgust, while presenting questioning, or even to reveal grief. So you see, frown is used to enlighten all sorts of expressions.

The medical science presents that we have an intuitive part of our brain that is always effortlessly running in the background, and every so often when we want to recall or remember something, and it just doesn’t come easily – in other words when hyper efficient part of our brain influences our conscious thinking to a far greater extent and much more, it seems habitually clinching of brows helps a little to recollect. There are some muscles which are expanded and contracted according to nerve’s request which helps to ponder more.

It seems frowning reduces overconfidence and reliance on intuition. Yes, we naturally clench our brow muscles when we are thinking hard or focusing on a problem. Another research says that when we are shy and cannot express freely in words, when we are afraid to talk to people, we have a natural frown. Also, while we don’t like ourselves for our shyness, for forgetting things often, or for not being able to answer immediately logically, we frown at ourselves. Watch yourself next time. Even, when we are bored, daydreaming, upset there is this frown on our face.

A112Frown is natural part of our being. Don’t try changing it; you don’t have to spend your valued time and energy changing your natural being. Yes, but if you can change your emotions instead, to overcome the frowning, do it.  If you are in a happy state of mind, it will overcome your frown. If you are angry, sullen, quiet, you are going to frown.

 Some people have naturally serious looking face, almost like a frown. If people keep on telling them to smile, be cheerful it annoys them. I think we should learn to respect others, show some manners. It does not mean those serious looking people are not happy or something is wrong with them. Remember next time before you tell somebody to smile.

A114Both smiles and frowns are normal twofold expressions; this is the wisdom. We cannot ever battle with these two never-ending emotional expressions. While we laugh, we frown as well. The exit from this battle requires us to surpass such human emotions and realize that we are neither good nor wicked, or that we are both. We are human and when we realize this, we see that laughing or crying (frowning) is the color that we smear our life with.

A113And, if you are worried about your frowning habit (if you feel you are constantly frowning) you can stop frowning by massaging your forehead. You can use moisturizer if you feel like. From the center of your forehead, run your hands outwardly to the side of your head. Do this for one minute. When you do this, it helps you to relax any tensed muscles on your forehead and the frown disappears.



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