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 Snarky Size Activist and 3 Benefits of My Stupid Fitbit

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 25, 2016 in Full Living
I would hate my stupid step tracker even more if it wasn't working to help me increase my movement.

Healthy is Sexy

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Talking Apes
Your face reveals how healthy you are—and people use this information to judge how attractive you are.

Why Do Men Find Women’s Legs So Alluring?

Researchers have spent far less time studying men’s attraction to women’s legs than the typical man devotes to gazing at them . . . and maybe finding himself spellbound by them.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

An Open Letter To All Graduates

An open letter to all graduates: create something that makes the world more luminous, curious and golden

Does Talking to an Attractive Woman Make Men Dumber?

If women value intelligent mates, why do men become less intelligent when talking to beautiful women?

A 500-Year-Old Philosopher's Advice on Life

"All I know is that I know nothing, and I am not even sure about that," wrote Michel de Montaigne more than 500 years ago. What applied then continues to apply today.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

Ejecting the Beauty Myth

Through the media's portrayal of beauty, we have accepted the idea that older women are “expired products," but this myth is not only poisonous, it's flat out wrong.

8 Reasons to Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Swimsuits

Exercise causes exterior changes to our bodies, but there are plenty of other reasons to get moving.

The Theory Crisis in Psychology

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Critical Feeling
By answering questions that are solvable, psychology often misses to ask the right questions, as shown with examples from the psychology of art, education, and religion.

Interracial dating—What factors contribute?

What might encourage or discourage interracial dating?

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Weight

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 28, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Feeling stuck in a dieting rut? The solution to your weight woes may be very different than you think.

3 Reasons Why America Is Starting to Lose God

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Both personal religiousness and spirituality are showing signs of decline in the United States. Here’s why.

And Spread Sunshine All Over the Place

By Rebecca Coffey on April 19, 2016 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
A new study shows that taking careful, daily notice of beauty in human behavior, in nature, and in the word in general can boost happiness. Is that something to worry about?

The Lasting Beauty of Inspiration and Kindness

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on April 18, 2016 in Urban Survival
Positive emotions not only create an openness to more positive experiences, but can have lasting consequences.

Ken Paul Rosenthal on Mental Health Advocacy Through Film

The future of mental health interview series continues with Ken Paul Rosenthal on mental health advocacy through film.

Do You Love Your Body?

Poor relationships with food, our bodies, and ourselves tend to develop from a perfect storm of events and feelings.

The Uncanny Power of a Red Dress

Wearing red clothes makes women more attractive to men. But do women take advantage of this fact by wearing red when they want to attract a man’s attention?

The Danger of Relying on Your Looks

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
You can get away with it...maybe.
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The Perfect Balance

Western civilization actually began with the Toltec, Inca, and Maya. They shared a view of perfection with Ancient Greeks.

Barbie’s New Body

Mattell’s iconic Barbie doll now comes in multiple body types. But have they done enough?

The Beauty of Uncertainty

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on March 25, 2016 in Urban Survival
How can we build resilience when things are unpredictable and uncertain?

When Life Can Open Up

Existentialism asks one to consider actions towards a well-lived life. And to understand that anxiety and pain will be part of that path.

On 'The Road' to Home in North Central Florida

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in Design on My Mind
We can experience epiphany about the importance of transcendent places, art and stories

Seeing Through New Eyes: The Value of 'Untranslatable' Words

Does the fleeting presence of cherry blossoms make you happy or sad? There may be an 'untranslatable' word for that feeling.

How Naked Would You Get to Get Attention?

How far people will go when they get naked may seem to reflect simple exhibitionism. The reality is that exhibitionism reflects far more complex ways to seek social recognition.

The 12 Virtues of Sadness: Unexpected Pathways to Happiness

Can sadness ever be a good thing? Here are 12 ways in which it might actually help us to be happy.

What’s Really to Blame for Our Skinny Obsession?

By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 in Sexy Science
Our idea of the perfect body is being shaped by what we see on our screens. The call is ever more urgent for more aspirational images of normal weight people.

The Fear of Gaining Weight

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 21, 2016 in The Creativity Cure
Eating and weight gain can be associated with painful, inhibiting states of shame. Here is one person's story.

In the Workplace, Who Most Expresses Style and Beauty?

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 16, 2016 in The Career Within You
Romantics (type 4 in the Enneagram personality system) maintain a strong heart connection. Their rich internal life helps them share others’ emotional experiences.