Why you should embrace your resting bitch face

August 01, 2016
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Uni’s a great opportunity to form fantastic friendships with new and interesting people. However, making new friends is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you’re unintentionally intimidating the shit out of strangers with your resting bitch face (RBF).

RBF is used to describe the neutral facial expression of people who, at first glance, seem bitchy and unapproachable to others. However, most of the time, those of us with RBF are not feeling grumpy at all, we’re simply killing time and happily minding our own business. The last thing any of us want to do is to make someone feel intimidated.

Although it would be nice to make a first impression of an approachable and upbeat person, I can’t help the way my face was made. Yes, a RBF can feel like a curse, but majority of the time it’s a real blessing. Don’t believe me? Here are six examples of how a RBF can make life a lot easier.

Avoidance of small talk

First things first, I loathe small talk. It feels forced and unnatural, and the topic is always incredibly mundane. Luckily, when you have a RBF, strangers rarely initiate small talk with you; for me this is a true blessing. An on point RBF can stop small talk before it even begins, and that’s the gospel truth.

Extra space on public transport

Few things are worse than being squished against strangers on public transport or in a stuffy lecture theatre. However, a RBF means that unless all the other seats are taken, you’ll probably have at least one extra seat next to you. Hello freedom and goodbye awkward body contact!

No stranger ever asks you for directions

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you that I’m hopeless with my sense of direction. So naturally, one of my worst nightmares is a fellow lost soul stopping me in the streets to ask for directions. However, thanks to my RBF I’m yet to experience this. And I intend to keep it that way.

You’re taken seriously (most of the time)

Most people will see your face and instantly know you’re not one to be messed with. When you say something, people listen and know that you mean business, all thanks to your RBF and the intimidating vibes that most likely come with it.

You look like you were born to play with the pros  

When combined with people’s tendency to feel slightly intimidated by you, a RBF can make you look as if you’re in full control of your life. Your steely expression will give the impression that you’ve the will to take on heavy responsibilities and make hard decisions, which can be a great advantage for when you graduate and start working within your chosen professional field. Especially if you plan on climbing the corporate ladder.

Babysitting is a breeze

Babysitting is one of the fundamental and classic money making activities that we all partake in. The best thing about having a RBF is that no kid will dare challenge your gaze, which means less tantrums and crying, and more bonding over your mutual love of cartoons.

So a RBF isn’t too bad, right? As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make sweet sweet lemonade. And if life gives you a RBF, you might as well take full advantage of its raw power.

Zaya Altangerel

Zaya is a current student of journalism and science at Monash University, who has proudly mastered the art of laughing at herself and not taking life too seriously.

Image: Justine-reyes, Flickr Creative Commons license