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

Beauty and the Beard

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in How We Do It
Darwin suggested that men’s beards evolved through sexual selection exerted by female mate choice. But recent studies indicate that beards may primarily signal social dominance.

What Is the Smartest Move to Make on Valentines Day?

Previous research, including a study of almost 10,000 participants from 33 countries, confirms that ‘intelligent’ is the second most highly valued characteristic in a mate

Weight Watchers Targeting Teens to Lose Weight

“Sexy is not a size, every calorie is not a war, your body is not a battleground. Your value is not measured in pounds."

Animal Attraction: Beauty Is in the Brain of the Beholder

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Animal Emotions
"There are no free lunches in the sexual marketplace": An interview with Michael Ryan about "A Taste for the Beautiful."

"Strong Is the New Skinny": Do Women Like Their Bodies More?

By Jessica Alleva Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Mind Your Body
Do women feel any better about their own body as a result of this new ethos? Recent research has the answers.

What Does Being With Your Partner Say About You?

Whether you flaunt your sexy spouse or feel like your partner shows you off, new evidence suggests that romantic partners could be a trusted source for impressions.

Choosing to Let in the Light, Even in Winter's Gloom

By John-Manuel Andriote on January 22, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
Winter can be a grim time of cold, snow, and hassle. Or we can choose to let in the light and heed its lessons.

You Look Perfect: Why Do We Underestimate Our Own Beauty?

Feeling as if you look less than perfect? Find out how we underestimate our own attractiveness.

How to Be Joyful

By Sheila Kohler on January 13, 2018 in Dreaming for Freud
Where do we look if we seek happiness? Where do we turn if we wish to lift up our hearts? Perhaps the great writers have some answers for us.
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How Can a Modern Woman Integrate Religion Into Her Life?

How one Israeli, Orthodox woman lives a modern life.
Anna Akbari

Want To Be Happier? Live Like the Balinese

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Startup Your Life
A few simple shifts can totally change your mindset.

Sad Songs Say So Much...About the Listener

A recent study suggests that a strong emotional response to sad music is associated with high empathy.

One Powerful Way to Feel Better About Your Body in 2018

By Jessica Alleva Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Mind Your Body
Ready to feel more positively about your body in 2018? Here's one powerful change that you can make now.

If You Skip the Party, What Will You Miss?

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Tips on how to prepare to be a party success, and leave with someone's number.

Predicting the Future With Faces

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Pop Psych
Seeing into the future to predict where romantic effort would be best invested may be more doable than previously envisioned.

On Genius and Meaning

By Moses Ma on December 26, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
The Appreciation of Beauty by an Aging Man.

The Psychology of Hipsterdom

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Just why do hipsters do what they do?

The Mystery of Love and Attraction

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Who are we attracted to? Who do we love? And why? And who loves us? And why? Attraction and love are a mystery.

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?

Why We Need to Stop Telling Little Girls How Pretty They Are

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

By Charlotte Markey Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Smart People Don’t Diet
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?
Hal Sigall

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?


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