Are perceptions of “resting bitch face” due to competition between women?
New research suggests that women have a tendency to attribute more hostility to other women's faces than is actually present or intended.
The notion of “resting bitch face”, the tendency for a woman’s neutral face expression to appear angry or annoyed, has been catching on in the media, including a recent piece in the New York Times (link is external).A series of new studies by Jaimie Arona Krems and her colleagues at the University of Arizona suggests that whether or not we see anger in a woman’s neutral face may be partially due to a tendency to see them as our sexual competition.
Krems and colleagues investigated how women perceive anger in other women. According to the researchers, women face challenges in understanding if other women are threats for two reasons
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