Scientific basis

Usually people who are in a social interaction directly react to their counterpart in the form of “mimicry”, which means that they imitate the opposites mimic unconsciously while communicating. When this imitation is impaired it may also mean that the emotion processing and interpretation of the counterparts feelings is affected.

Studies have shown, that this kind of impairment often is represented in people suffering from pain (especially facial/shoulder-neck pain), from an asymmetric face or from similar problems.

Furthermore people who show an affected “mimicry” often also have problems regarding the lateralization (allocation of sides). When seeing a picture of a facial movement they do not recognize the fitting face-side as quickly as people whose “mimicry” is not impaired (von Piekartz et al., 2014).

Due to these changes concerned people often tend to have problems within social interaction, because the face plays a key role in interpersonal communication (Ekman, 2007). Moreover many people suffering from facial pain have more difficulties within communication than healthy subjects anyway, they feel excluded more often and therefore withdraw from public life (Mohr et al., 2011). This may entail large psychosocial problems.

The new individual therapeutic concept of Myfacetraining can remedy the problem: impaired functions are “re-learned” with the help of a professional face coach. In this way the problems within social interaction as well as the self-confidence and the general well-being are improved!

Ekman, P. (2007). Emotions Revealed: Recognizing faces and feelings to improve communication and emotional life (2nd ed.). London: Holt Paperbacks.

Mohr, D.C., Young, G.J., Meterko, M., Stolzmann, K.L., White, B.(2011). Job satisfaction of primary care team members and quality of care. American Journal of Medical Quality, 26, 18–25.

von Piekartz, H., Wallwork, S.B., Mohr, G., Butler, D.S., Moseley, G.L. (2015). People with chronic facial pain perform worse than controls at a facial emotion recognition task, but it is not all about the emotion. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 42(4), 243-50.