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It’s only skin deep

The next time you are get­ting ready to go out, and you are slip­ping into your favourite black num­ber be­fore mois­tur­is­ing your T-zone (yes, mod­ern men, ad­mit it), con­sider how your fash­ion choices re­flect your de­sire to fit in. The clothes you wear and the style of your hair are usu­ally cho­sen to be ‘av­er­age’ or ‘nor­mal’, and rarely to truly stand out. But be­ing de­sir­able only goes so far. Re­search con­firms that it is friend­ship, shared in­ter­ests and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion that form a close, last­ing re­la­tion­ship. So there re­ally is no rea­son to envy the ‘beau­ti­ful peo­ple’ or the rich and fa­mous. I mean, who would re­ally want to look bor­ing any­way?

Ex­plore More:

Psy­chol­ogy ex­per­i­ments about pref­er­ences for faces and voices Sci­ence News – Has a great lit­tle sum­mary on the deter­mi­nants of fa­cial at­trac­tive­ness (aimed at Kids – so it’s quick and easy to read) Beauty Check – An ex­cel­lent site that cov­ers all the sci­ence be­hind dif­fer­ent as­pects of beauty

Ref­er­ences:

Aver­a­ge­ness or sym­me­try: Which is more im­por­tant for fa­cial at­trac­tive­ness? Do fa­cial aver­a­ge­ness and sym­me­try sig­nal health? The evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy of phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness: Sex­ual se­lec­tion and hu­man mor­phol­ogy. “Out of My League”: A Re­al­World Test of the Match­ing Hy­poth­e­sis. Does at­trac­tive­ness buy hap­pi­ness? “It de­pends on where you’re from.”

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