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

New Study Finds the Average American Woman is Now Plus-Size

Although it is widely acknowledged that the standard sizing system is flawed, being designated as plus-size is nevertheless something of a damning fate for many women.

Fashion Photography and the Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust

By analyzing fashion photographs—as well as the discourses that envelop them—it is possible to glimpse the ideologies that undergird contemporary aesthetics, ethics and anxieties.

The Problem With "Sex Positive"

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 19, 2016 in Minority Report
"Sex positive" is a popular term among certain therapists who believe there's nothing wrong with pornography. Yet if you listen to young people today, they'll tell you otherwise

Bare Faced, Glowing and Dewy

Freckled and fresh-faced, these are the girls we want to be: evolved beyond the tyranny of traditional makeup, but effortlessly beautiful. It is a paradoxical beauty ideal.

Want to Be Young and Healthy Forever?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Here's the science that will help!

Why Popular Dating Advice Is Keeping You Single

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on September 10, 2016 in Finding Love
Popular dating advice consistently leads single people away from the very love they are seeking. Research explains why this is and what to do about it.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Puberty and Preoccupation With Personal Appearance

Puberty creates all kinds of pressures and worries about how one's changing body is going to turn out, and how one will be treated based on one's looks.

Remembering Mother Teresa: Now Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 05, 2016 in Tried and True
People who inspire us by their efforts in helping others remind us of the privilege and fulfillment of providing care, compassion, kindness, and helpful deeds for people in need.

3 Unexpected Ways to Make Yourself More Attractive

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Have you considered trying some unusual tactics to make yourself more attractive? Beware, what makes you feel more attractive may actually make you less attractive to others.

The Real Narrative of Life

Every story is unique. But the path always leads back to one’s Authentic Being. Love is the sustenance, and authenticity is the fountain of our aliveness.

Your Legacy

Legacy isn't only how others remember you. It's how you witness the significance of your own life

Curious About Cuba?

By Marty Babits on August 18, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Cuba will bring you to your senses! Mindfulness and aliveness join hands in the jewel of the Caribbean. Experience the transformation in the island and in yourself.

Are 'Beer Goggles' Real? Here's the Answer.

Plenty of research shows startling facts behind the concept of beer goggles, but why people seem more attractive after a few drinks proves is even more interesting.

Why Your Perfect Partner Doesn't Need to Be Ideal

Our partner may not match our ideal preferences, but we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with the person we're with.

Do Women Prefer Men With Beards?

Does a beard help a guy get noticed? Is a little stubble really sexy? Should he skip a shave or two? Research has the answers.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

When Are Puppies at Their Cutest?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most dogs on Earth die before they are three months old. New research shows how being cute can save a puppy from an early death.

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

Age Is Meaningless if You're Seeking Meaning in Life

Keeping count of the years is as purposeful a pastime as trying to hold back the ocean tide. What’s the point of attempting to do something that logic defies and serves no real pur

Obey the Flower: Lessons Learned From Drawing a Rose

How a practice of drawing roses helped me appreciate the transformative power of beauty.

No More Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikinis

Why one group of teens won't be wearing any teenie weenie bikinis this year

The 3 Core Elements of Attraction

Different traits and features are attractive for different types of relationships. Find out how you are attractive—and to whom.

Do We Really Believe Long-Haired Women Are More Attractive?

By Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on June 20, 2016 in Face Value
You've probably heard that straight men prefer long hair on women. But studies on the matter show that it doesn't matter nearly as much as you think.

Say Yikes to the Dress

Beauty, for better or for worse, has always mattered in our culture and is so much more in the limelight at a wedding.

Is Hillary Clinton Tall Enough to Win?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in The Human Beast
Throughout history, the taller candidate has had an advantage in presidential elections. Why is that? Does the advantage of taller stature make it more difficult for women to win?

Honey, I Squished the Kids’ Heads!

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Around the world, people have tightly bound their babies’ heads to produce distinctive shapes. Extreme cases in South America have spawned wild stories of intervention by aliens.

The Lure of Beauty

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Critical Feeling
That beauty attracts is well known – from people to mathematical proofs. Do we always have to circumvent the lure of beauty?

Why Would Anybody Engage in Polyamory?

Does polyamory seem confusing and weird? Well, you'll be surprised at what the research shows about it!

5 Reasons Why You Think Your Partner Is Hotter Than They Are

By Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on June 09, 2016 in Face Value
Positive illusions mean your sweetie isn't actually as stunning as you think—but there are good reasons why your brain is deceiving you.