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.

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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.
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A Gift from Mothers to Daughters

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Beauty Sick
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.

Are Musical Preferences All in the Sound?

Are musical preferences all in the sound?

The Art of Being Too Sensitive

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Introvert Power
Have you been told you are too sensitive? Respond with a paintbrush.
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Body Shame Is Not a Diet Plan

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa

What’s So Sexy About Belly Buttons?

Academic journals examining the psychological and sexual aspects of the navel are almost nonexistent. But Wikipedia’s extensive, even scholarly, coverage fills this gap.

Face of Controversy

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mirror, Mirror
Why Plagiarism Isn't the Only "Lesson in Exploitation" of Michelle Obama's Controversial Mural Image

A New Way to Predict Whether Your Partner Will Be Unfaithful

Being able to figure out how faithful your partner will be would seem to be a worthwhile goal. New research suggests a pretty simple, “skin-deep” method.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.

What Do the Latest Plastic Surgery Statistics Say About Us?

In 2016, Americans spent more money on elective plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments than at any other time in our nation's history. What exactly are we "fixing"?

Would You Give Up Good Looks for a Great Personality?

Can we consciously discern the traits which motivate our dating and mating decisions?

My Baby’s Birthmark Was My Fault

For doctors, lasers are interesting. Patients who blame themselves for what the lasers will be used for are not.

Why "Good Looks" Influences Our Judgment

By Ray Williams on April 05, 2017 in Wired for Success
There’s substantial evidence to indicate we make judgments about people based on their physical attractiveness, which affect relationships, job selection and success.
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The Beauty of a Difficult Marriage

It can be easy to judge a long term, but difficult marriage as flawed. What if we learned to appreciate this marriage as much as the marriage of the beautiful, young couple?

How Paradoxes Populate Our Lives

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Have you ever experienced something that was too sad for words? Then you have also experienced a paradox. And paradoxes make our lives beautiful.

Where Beauty Reigns and Belle Is Still Reined In...

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Mirror, Mirror
No amount of subtle feminist tweaking can rescue Disney's new Beauty and the Beast from the troubled tale it has always been.

Spaces That Set You Free

By Carrie Barron M.D. on March 31, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
The impact of architecture and design on mood and well-being.

Is There Feminine Muscularity?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Fit Femininity
Is sculpting a muscular body feminine? There are several options for women to display visible muscularity.

What's in a Name?

By Drew Boyd on March 28, 2017 in Inside the Box
A person’s facial appearance can be significantly influenced by their given name, according to new research, perhaps due to the existence of shared face-name prototypes.

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Do tattoos trigger craving for more?

A Nose Away From Beautiful

Besides its critical function in smell and breathing, the cartilaginous protrusion we call nose has long been crucial in considerations of human beauty. How could this not be so?

The Big Myth That Losing Weight Will Extend Your Life

Losing weight can be hazardous to your health.

Nurture the Phoenix

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Can art + environment + psychology = a formula for our phoenix to rise from the ashes?

Non-Judgment Day

By Sophie Sabbage on March 03, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if beauty is a quality of being, a verb not a noun?

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 01, 2017 in One True Thing
Kristina Baker Kline reveals the story behind an Andrew Wyeth painting that inspired her new novel, "A Piece of the World."

So You Think You Can Dance?

By Lydia Denworth on February 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
What makes a woman a good dancer? The hips don't lie.

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.

Are Flowers on Valentines Day a Big Dumb Waste of Money?

You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?