All About Beauty

Okay, so gorgeous people get preferential treatment. It's a not-too-pretty fact of life long attributed to the halo effect. Now there's evidence that beauty and intelligence (and other positive characteristics) go hand in hand. Evolutionary psychologists have opened a tantalizing line of inquiry onto age-old questions about beauty, and not a moment too soon. Clinical psychologists observe that men and women alike appear more concerned than ever with attractiveness and perceived physical imperfections.

Recent Posts on Beauty

A Dress of a Different Color

By Maureen Seaberg on March 01, 2015 in Sensorium
The dresses of the year, are, in fact, marsala!

Not Allowed to Dance?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in What a Body Knows
It is always interesting to look back to those twists and turns in the path that have gotten you where you are. This week, I’ve done just that, prompted by some quality time with Yvonne Daniel’s thoughtful, thorough book, Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble (2003).

Waldeslust - Joy of the Forest

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in One Among Many
Spending a little time in Nature can break the yoke of self-domestication and bring peace and happiness. Begin with a walk in the woods.

Living in the Here and Now

By Susan Hooper on February 26, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
For most of my life, I have wanted to be somewhere else, living an entirely different life. A calendar from years ago showed me that I had then—and may even have now—a life that other people might envy.

The Beauty of America’s Oldest-Old Adults

By Kristin Hultgren on February 26, 2015 in The Greatest Chapter
When you are open to be moved by another, to be amazed by another, and when you listen to another with nothing but your heart, there is much to be gained in spending time with oldest-old adults. As Mark Twain noticed, “wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been.”

The Psychology of Wonder

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Statistical Life
Who we are is a consequence of our internal model, and when we change that by learning something new, we change our understanding of ourselves.

The Wonders of Home

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Happy Trails
Wouldn't it be nice to see your hometown through the eyes of a traveler?

Envisioning the Future for Your Child with Autism

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 25, 2015 in The Autism Advocate
When envisioning the future of your child as an adult – any child – it’s important to focus on the strengths that are apparent. And as the parent of a child with autism, it’s even more important. The strengths your child has will help him overcome his deficits, perhaps even become a way for your child to be employed as an adult, or be motivated to learn new skills.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 24, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
This blog explores Malignant Narcissism and the damaging impact that it can have on family members and others.

How to Talk to Yourself

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 23, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
When the going gets rough, I often speak to myself silently or softly in a soothing and compassionate voice. If I feel let down by a friend, I might repeat silently, “I feel hurt by her behavior but I mustn’t blame myself.” When I don’t deny that I feel bad, and even acknowledge it in a self-compassionate way, I’m better able to cope with disappointment and sorrow.

The Benefits of Being Blond

Is it better to be blond? Prior research suggests that blond women enjoy a wage premium and preferential treatment from men. But does this really translate into higher lifetime earnings or better odds of marriage? And might blond men be similarly-advantaged?

Fifty Shades of Grey

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on February 15, 2015 in Get Hardy
E. L. James' racy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has been called an amusing, romantic tale of a woman's exploration of sexual desire that has captured the interest and imagination of over 19 million readers. But, is there something more to the subject matter of this racy novel that has led to its huge success and the making of a movie? See this post!

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

From "Sex and the City" to Marriage, “The Longest Date”

By Elise Ballard on February 12, 2015 in Epiphany
Award-winning, former "Sex and the City" writer Cindy Chupack talks candidly with Elise Ballard about her epiphanies and insights on life, love, romance, writing, and therapy, as well as her new book about the trials and tribulations of marriage and starting a family.

Creativity in Centerfield

This is an account of authentic creativity in the everyday sport of baseball. Joe Dimaggio's creative catching in the outfield is illustrated

5 Research-Backed Reasons We Wear Makeup

Today's cosmetics are not as arbitrary as they might seem.

Well Hung and Happy, Right?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
The media tells us who we are – and are not. The vast majority of us are too this, and not enough that. And for gay men, one message certainly is clear: “size does matter.”

When Plus Size Is and Is Not a Problem

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in Good Thinking
Is the new trend toward plus sized models dangerous? Here's why it's all about that waist.

5 Reasons You're Doing Better Than You Think

We all use some type of measuring stick to evaluate our self-worth. Measuring our worthiness with an unhealthy way could be hazardous to our well-being.

What's the Sexiest Thing About Fifty Shades of Grey?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 05, 2015 in SexualityToday
For most men, a beautiful woman's body is an immediate turn-on. For most women, the response to a man's body isn't quite so automatic. But if in addition to having nice arms, he also has that aforementioned high-end stainless steel kitchen with a view of downtown Seattle, then things might get interesting.

What I’ve learned from learning the Ukulele

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Listen Up!
Sometimes our failures contain the seeds of our greatest successes. Consider what happened when I, yet again, decided to try and learn to play a musical instrument before it was too late.

For Type 2, 3, & 4 Teens: How to Be a Leader II

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 03, 2015 in The Career Within You
Learn about all 9 Enneagram personality types because you have all 9 within you. One of them is your main type.

10 Tips to Stop The Diet-Binge Cycle and Re-claim Your Body

It ‘s not easy to consciously choose to ignore the images and messages that tell you what you should and should not eat or how much you should weigh. But there are important steps you can take to help break the starve-binge cycle, re-claim your body, and achieve a true sense of self-worth.

Adolescence and What Is Enough

Adolescence by it's very nature is an age of discontent where deciding what is "enough" in many facets of one's life can be very hard to do.

Day 28: Seizing 9 Golden Meaning Opportunities

you increase your sense of wellbeing, improve your mental health, and experience life as more meaningful when you create your menu of meaning opportunities

Ride the Wave of Winter

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Attention Training
You may notice that the way you feel during winter has developed into a sort of a pattern over the years.

Aging Gracefully

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Decline is inevitable but how we deal with it isn’t.

Creativity of Science Nobel Laureates and Other Prizewinners

The term creativity has been positively applied to a wide variety of actions and activities ranging from changing course or successfully making and doing something differently to the achievements of great art, literature, and science. The work described reports empirically discovered specific cognitive processes leading to outstanding creative achievements.

Do 'Ugly Duckling' Stories About Beauty Harm Women?

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 26, 2015 in The Social Thinker
Many beloved stories and movies communicate the message that "beauty is malleable." But a new set of studies show how this message sets women up for future appearance issues.

Philosophy Helps to Live a Wonderful Life

Wittgenstein’s final words may reveal an important truth about living.