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The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships Hardcover – January 29, 2013

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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

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230341853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230341852
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle D27 on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Interesting theory on how Botox, commonly known for its anti-aging affects, can be used to treat depression. I learned a lot about the miracle drug that also helps alleviate migranes, excessive sweating, and people with CP and MS. Finzi delves deep into facial feedback and explains what Darwin and James told us all along - that our facial expressions convey our mood and emotions. He reminds us all to smile, laugh, meditate, and be express happiness to be happy. I say he's onto something BIG here. If he's right, it could revolutionize how depression and mental health is treated.
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This book was about so much more than Botox! The ideas are thought-provoking. The scientific and historical information was presented in a way that was interesting and didn't feel intimidating. It was well written and engaging. I really enjoyed it!
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What a remarkable concept that moods and depression can be improved by inhibiting facial expressions that may initiate rather then reflect emotions. The author supports this concept historically through the writings of Freud, Darwin, and William James as well as his own research which he refers to as non-cosmetic cosmetic surgery. The idea that a small injection of Botox into a facial furrow to inhibit frowning could change mood would open a whole new world of therapeutic options for people suffering from depression. A new treatment not dependent on the drugs that manipulate neurotransmitters in the brain and the resulting side effects would improve the lives of millions of people. We can only hope that this is just the beginning.
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Eric Finzi writes in clean, crisp prose about the phenomenon of Botox with depth and clarity. Weaving scientific fact and personal history with societal perceptions of beauty and cutting edge philosophy, Finzi writes with considerable authority about the widespread use of Botox, its effect on our culture and our lives. Finzi explores the theory that Botox has the potential to be far more than a cosmetic fix to appease the gods of vanity, but a way of treating depression by breaking the cycle of chronic negative emotions. Highly recommended.
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