I had never heard of this before until last night when my daughter explained to me that I have RESTING BITCH FACE and that this may explain why so many people whom I encounter, but who do not know me well, believe that I am mean.
I had no idea.
I was really hurt.
I was devastated!
Being a 1st grade teacher of young, impressionable children, this is quite a serious complication.
My mother is mean. My aunt is mean. My cousin is mean. My daughter can be mean. But I have never thought of myself as mean.
Rather, I pride myself on being clear, firm. and consistent. But I do not think of myself as being mean. However, many six-year-olds interpret these qualities as meanness. But, they are six.
But now, the world at large? This changes my whole perspective!
Actually, to me, RBF translates to: LOOKING UGLY!
My daughter is revealing to me that she believes that I have an ugly, mean, bitch face.
My feelings are really hurt. (Did I mention that?)
However, being a responsive and receptive person in her fifties, I consider myself open to hearing such (harsh, hurtful) opinions/criticisms and thus feel that I am open to the idea of making positive changes in my behavior and demeanor, (and to my face.)
Today, I went to school and adopted a constant, pleasant smile, trying to look open, affable and completely un-bitch-like.
My colleague, Tammy said, "You look psychotic."