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

When Does a Woman Prefer a Feminine to a Masculine Man?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Do women who are attracted to men prefer a macho, masculine appearance? Or is a gentler, more feminine face the ideal?

Little Bitty Pretty One

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Beauty Sick
When we constantly tell little girls how pretty they are, we communicate that looks matter more than other qualities.

The Power of Looks

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story.

What Makes a Healthy Face?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Psychologists who study facial appearance judgments have been unsure what makes a face appear healthier: shape or skin color. Until now...

The Eyes Have It: Limbal Rings and Attraction

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
The limbal ring is a part of the eye most of us never consciously notice. But this darkened part of the iris may signal health and beauty.

Love at First Sight Feels Magical, but What Is It Really?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 22, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Love at first sight. Is it real? What is it? How does it play into our ongoing romantic relationships? New research adds to our gradual understanding of courtship and mating.

Frozen: What Do We Know about Cryolipolysis?

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 20, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
There is a relatively new cosmetic "lunch-time" procedure for removing unwanted fat bulges. Are you a candidate? What is cryolipolysis?

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

Your Aging Body

Why women shouldn't feel bad about getting older.

Why Undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?
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Perceiving the Credibility of Claims of Sexual Abuse

By Harold Sigall Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Wishful Thoughts
How did the appearance of Harvey Weinstein and his accusers affect our beliefs about their credibility?

Stern

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about people’s veneer.

Avoiding the Comparison Trap

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 08, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
How to celebrate the uniqueness of you.
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Taking Back the Male Gaze

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in The Clarity
Uncomfortable being stared at? Here's how to turn it around.

How Biology Affects Self-Perception

By T. Joel Wade Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Mate Market
Evolutionary psychology explains why women’s self-esteem is based more on physical attractiveness, while men’s self-esteem is based more on relative status.

Stop Saying “You Are Beautiful”

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Beauty Sick
They're well intended. But those “You are beautiful” messages can be harmful.

Rembrandt's Creativity: The Magnificent Self-Portraits

Rembrandt created more self-portraits than any other major artist. Not a matter of self-aggrandizement, it was the creation of an artistic field based on pictorial self metaphor.

Solve 5 Baffling Problems Using the Latest Psych Research!

By Meg Selig on October 17, 2017 in Changepower
You've got problems. The latest psychology research has answers. Learn to: Look more attractive, ease depression and anxiety, decide when to socialize and when to work...and more.

The Psychology of Romantic Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Could romantic love be little more than an ego defence?

Do You Look Your Age? Why Would You Want to Look Younger?

I refuse to spend money on "anti-aging" products. I want to age. The opposite of aging isn't staying young; it's death.

A Surprising Way to Deal with Stress

Looking for a new way to deal with stress? Here's one that may surprise you.

Unconscious Cues That Define Sexual Attractiveness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research hints at how to avoid Mr. Wrong, while zeroing in on Mr. Right.

The Tide Always Wins, and Yet...

Take your place in the ebb and flow.
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10 Faulty Thoughts That Occur in Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Science of Choice
Faulty thinking sheds light on the development and maintenance of BDD.

Cover Story: Clothing That Make Women Attractive

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on September 17, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Fair or not, women are often approached based not on who they are, but on what they wear. Research reveals the appeal of heels, and why the color red looks red hot.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Alan Robert Is Filling the Void

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Brick by Brick
His "Beauty of Horror" coloring books feature a mysterious and mischievous undead girl named Ghouliana who tricks colorists into doing her bidding through misleading poetry.

Reasons Not to Date an Attractive, Masculine Man

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Dating and Mating
The benefits of dating an attractive man are clear, but have you considered the drawbacks?

Back to School: Therapists Design for Life

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Design on My Mind
In the hands of clinical psychologists, Design Psychology can be a “design therapy” that (like art therapy) helps clients move more healthily along their life journey.