Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Mikaela Campbell – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “You angry?”

No, I’m not, and I’m tired of the question.

I’m one of those people born with a serious expression.  Even when I’m happy I don’t necessarily show it.  That doesn’t mean, though, I’m mad at anyone or anything.

Scientists have concluded that when someone looks as if they are mad they come off as unapproachable. This can be a problem later in life for things such as job interviews and meeting new people.

“Behavioral researchers with international research and innovation firm Noldus Information Technology, decided to investigate: Why are some faces seen as truly expressionless, but others are inexplicably off-putting?” writer Caitlin Gibson stated.

A psychologist explained how the facial features of someone’s face can detect the main problem in someone’s intimidating expression. He studied someone who struggles with this “resting mad face” and his patient Pablo stated, “I’m told all the time something about my face looks unapproachable. People judge me off the bat, thinking I’m judging them.”

LRHS junior Regan Briggs understands.

“At work people always ask me if I’m okay because I look angry, but I’m always fine and it’s just my face,” she said.

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