Your route to work will involve a period of screensaver facial expression known as dog facing This expression was discovered when prisoners were monitored when the guards were in the room as opposed to when the guards left them alone for a period of time When the guards were there the prisoners dog faced, dropping their heads along with all traces of facial expression . This was partly through fear and partly through not wanting to stand out and be noticed If you commute to work you'll probably dog face for both of the last reasons When you sit or stand on a crowded train you try to remain invisible because drawing attention to yourself in those circumstances can be dangerous You're in an enclosed environment with many strangers, any number of whom could pose a threat By engaging in eye contact or attention-seeking behavior, you could risk opening yourself up to approach or even attack You also place your mind somewhere else and this is reflected in your deadpan expression Commuting is only bearable if you place your mind in a state of suspended animation!
Interspersed with this intense dog facing may be moments of high performance This would come if you buy a newspaper from a cheerful vendor or have quick chats with coffee-bar staff, security guards, or receptionists . This may require massive effort as you've been dog-facing for a long period of time . Often your smile of greeting will only exist in your mind Ask any receptionist and he or she will tell you that all they see is a stream of miserable faces going past their desk
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