Ted Cruz Has A ‘Resting Creep Face’, And You’re Right To Hate Looking At Him (Says Science)

Ted Cruz Has Resting Creep Face, And It WILL Cost Him Votes

There are plenty of reasons (and I do mean plenty) to avoid voting for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. However, there’s one reason you could be opposed to Cruz that he has no control over, and you might not be consciously aware of. Did you know Ted Cruz has resting creep face or RCF?

I didn’t.

Sure, I see him as a melting Miles Teller wax figure with political views far removed from any sensible human being. I didn’t think there was anything scientific about my innate desire to avoid looking at him. However, as neurologist Richard E. Cytowic M.D. explained in an article in Psychology Today, there are a few reasons to feel uneasy when you look at Cruz. Yes, Ted Cruz has resting creep face, but there are a couple of other things that appear “off” as well.

Senator Cruz’s countenance doesn’t shift the way I expect typical faces to move. Human faces can’t help but broadcast what we feel, what we may be thinking, and even what we may intend.

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I have rarely, if ever, seen a conventional smile from Senator Cruz. In a natural smile the corners of the mouth go up; these muscles we can control voluntarily as well. But muscles circling the eyes are involuntary only; they make the eyes narrow, forming crow’s feet at the outside corners. Even the Mona Lisa’s smile shows this. The eyes give away one’s game and let us tell forged from genuine smiles.

What Cytowic is ever so politely trying to convey about Cruz is that his face gives away the fact that he is full of crap. Every time you look at him. His lack of genuineness and tendency to be dishonest is practically shouted from the rooftops via his facial expressions. His countenance is so inauthentic, it gives the average person the heebie-jeebies.

And that’s not the end of the matter.

Note how many colleagues and former associates “loathe” him.

A Bush alumnus told the New York Times’ Frank Bruni, “Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.” Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says, “Nobody likes him,” while Rep. Peter King sees “malice.” According to The Washington Post, screenwriter Craig Mazin, Cruz’s former Princeton roommate, has called him a “huge asshole,” and “creepy.” He’s Tweeted, “Getting emails blaming me for not smothering Ted Cruz in his sleep in 1988.”

The distaste for Cruz even extends beyond the US: Germans say Backpfeifengesicht, meaning a face in need of a good punch.

Also, note that this particular gut reaction isn’t limited to Democrats and liberals. It seems that no matter WHAT your political leanings, you may be strongly inclined to want nothing to do with Ted Cruz or his RCF. Apparently the fact that Ted Cruz has resting creep face could spell trouble for his presidential aspirations. If more people would rather punch Cruz in the face than look at the man, how does that translate into a successful bid for president?

So…have you ever met someone with RCF? Do you think RCF should keep a man like Cruz from being president? Share your thoughts below!

H/T to Raw Story; Featured Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (cropped and resized; CC by SA 2.0)

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