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

Which Hair Color Induces Strongest Physical Attraction?

Startling new psychological research challenges previous thinking that hair color is merely about personal preference. Instead a massive consensus appears to exist on which hair color is preferred, and there also appears to be such severe prejudice associated with the tint of your locks, this is possibly as harsh as racial discrimination.

Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life

The review reports a recent British survey which found women recorded an average of eight opposite sex sexual partners over their lifetime, while men reported 12. But the survey also found 22% of women and 14% of men reported having only one sexual partner in their lifetime.

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad

...attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty. This is part of a wider phenomenon by which women appear to attract stereotyping about their personality and job skills, according to their looks.

Attraction & Infidelity: Can 'Eye Candy' Always Be Resisted?

When the Ashley Madison website, apparently promoting infidelity, was hacked revealing just how many people appear involved in relationship betrayal, the media appeared scandalised at the prevalence of infidelity - or at least the appetite for it. However psychologists have recently posed the opposite question - why is there in fact not more infidelity?

Why high heels make women more attractive

In their recent study, entitled "High heels as supernormal stimuli: How wearing high heels affects judgements of female attractiveness", the psychologists compared ratings of women walking in flat shoes, with the same women walking in high heels, in order to establish whether or not walking in high heels enhances the attractiveness of gait.

What Men Want

By Ryan Anderson on August 24, 2015 in The Mating Game
Men are only interested in sex right? There's more to it than you think

Dear Beach-Going Friends...

Will someone think the patterns on my bathing suit secretly spell out the phrase “Do not resuscitate”?

Do Shoppers Benefit From Buying With Subscriptions?

Most products and services can now be purchased with subscriptions. In this article, I will explain two types of subscriptions and the pros and cons of subscription-based buying. For most shoppers, the potential downsides of subscriptions far outweigh the benefits.

New Psychology of Kissing Reveals Its True Purpose

The investigation challenges conventional views of why we kiss. The surprising results suggest there may be more going on beneath the surface, when it comes to kissing, than is commonly realised.

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery - The Next Big Thing?

Women who choose to have this surgery don't appear as hapless victims of consumer culture, to the surgeons, but as thoughtful, assertive, autonomous women making positive choices to improve their lives. However... offering procedures alleged to improve self-esteem can prey on the insecurities of vulnerable women who suffer genital anxiety...

Seven Intriguing Studies of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on August 15, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
The emotion of awe is an elusive, but intriguing, human experience that has generated increasing scientific interest. The most intriguing studies of awe published to date are reviewed in this post. Together, they suggest that awe may be a key to unlocking many aspects of the best of human experience.

Does Faking It Make Us Happy?

By Donna Flagg on August 12, 2015 in Honestly
We live in a world of smoke-n-mirrors, deeply challenged to face reality, honesty and truth.

The Loveliness of Luscious Loins

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in How We Do It
Studies of attractive features of women’s body shape have rarely considered the side view. This is needed to assess the importance of curvature of the loins and protrusion of the buttocks. Apparently, special adaptation of the lower spine in women to permit maintenance of the centre of gravity over the hips during pregnancy feeds into men’s assessment of attractiveness.

Beauty Matters Part 3: Evolving Beauty

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on August 09, 2015 in On Vitality
Every woman is beautiful, and it’s up to her to see it and nourish it in herself. She must use her evolved beauty sensors to love the woman she is. When she has achieved this goal, others will certainly see her as beautiful.

Attractiveness Changes Our Perception At an Early Age

Not only does attractiveness influence children's trustworthiness of a person, it even changes how the brain's neural system responds.

When Men Aren't As Good-Looking As They Think

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 in Social Instincts
Research finds, again, that men tend to overestimate their own attractiveness.

The Excellent Beauty of Scientific Mysteries

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 26, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Science finally reveals that though we are a part of the universe, it definitely does not revolve around us. It does this by unearthing mysteries that are completely resistant to resolution. These "excellent beauties," far from showing us where science has failed, show us instead what the universe -- with intelligent African apes in it -- is really like.

What Facial Features Do Men Really Find Attractive?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Social Instincts
New science reveals a gender discrepancy in judgments of facial attractiveness.

Beautifying Your Armpits

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
Would dyeing your armpit hair fabulous circus colors make you more beautiful, more expressive, more liberated? The armpit artists say they're saving women from "harmful standards." But all body decoration needs to balance technique and real-life experience. Do we want intimacy or applause?

Relentless Cultural Pressures for Today's Girls

The question remains: Are girls truly thriving as never before? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, girls certainly have unprecedented opportunities available to them. Yes, many are walking through open doors that were closed to previous generations. Yet an insidious pressure has crept in alongside these opportunities: To be a success, girls, you have to do it all...

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on July 16, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan. However, less is known about the full range of adaptive functions of music listening and how these adaptive functions promote well-being and enhance quality of life.

4 Key Facts About Your Body and Your Relationship

How we feel about our bodies impacts our relationships and our relationships impact our feelings about our bodies. So what are some of the lessons from science that can contribute to improvements in not only our body image, but possibly our relationships?

Experiencing Art: It's Not Just for Art's Sake

Why do we look at art? What is its value??

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 11, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Inevitably being 'at home' means abiding within yourself

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Women can express and transform their psychic and home interiors

The Smart One or the Pretty One? Pretty Is as Pretty Does

"'She’s really pretty, but it’s like she doesn’t even know it!' people would say admiringly of certain girls. Only then can you forgive a girl for being pretty: if she’s an idiot or a liar." Maggie Mitchell

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Use Design Psychology to create homes that support women's growth and change

Stories of Seclusion: After A Face Lift

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
The weeks of seclusion after a face lift are scary and high-stakes.

Body Alterations and Enhancements: Positive or Negative

Media drives the cultural bus regarding body size and shape. Ways to alter and enhance our bodies are available through cosmetics and cosmetic surgery. Being tied to cultural dictates is not a statement of low self-worth; or is it?

Is Gender Transition in the Eye of the Beholder?

A Different View of Gender and Transgender