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

Venus and Iris

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 How To Do Life
A children's story but not really. How much should we sacrifice for love? And are there different expectations for men and for women?

I Like You Because Your Girlfriend Is Hot

By Ryan Anderson on October 07, 2015 The Mating Game
Why is it that people with attractive partners are so romantically desirable? Science has an answer

Age, Gender, Geography And Visual Appeal

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Brain Wise
What makes people prefer one type of visual design, for example, a website design, over another? How much do age, gender, and geography or culture have to do with it?

Resilience, Growth & Kintsukuroi

By John Sean Doyle on October 03, 2015 Luminous Things
Standing and staring in the face of broken promises and broken dreams, eye-to-bloodshot-eye with our most assiduous fears, sometimes we discover that we were stronger than we imagined: that we can withstand more and that there is no reason to fear.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

I just read about the concerned mom who wrote a letter to Party City, outraged about this year's Halloween costumes for little girls. She was particularly furious about a sexy police girl costume marketed to young girls. I agree. Every year when I take my daughter Halloween costume shopping, I wonder how this hot and sexy trend for young girls will impact girls' futures...

6 Ways to Tell if You’re Dating a Narcissist

While narcissists can be attractive, entertaining, sharp, and funny to watch from a distance, you don’t want to date or marry one. If you are already entangled with one, you may be reeling with confusion, self-doubt, and damaged self-esteem. Unfortunately, the chances of hooking up with a narcissist at some time in your dating or relationship life are pretty strong.

Truth, Beauty, and Social Media

How do I know when someone's telling the truth? The posts make me uncomfortable. Sometimes I physically squirm. Sometimes I hold back tears. Sometimes I don’t want to push “Like.”

The M Word

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Obesely Speaking
If society consistently and frequently lies about women, eventually we will believe the lie even after we are confronted with the truth.

Tips To Encourage A Positive Body Image In Young Girls

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 22, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Preschool teachers will tell you that most 4 year olds- boys and girls- say they like the way they look, and have no trouble identifying other kids in magazines and books who look like them, and they do it without judgment.

The Psychology Of Why Being Funny When Flirting is Vital

Bale, Morrison and Caryl in their study of chat-up lines wondered why men persisted in using so many ‘chat-up’ approaches that were rated as unpopular with so many women – such as boorish jokes, empty compliments, and sexually loaded remarks. They wondered if these strategies were never intended to impress a woman, but merely winnow out which possible ‘targets’ were...

The Easiest Way to Be Happy

By Piero Ferrucci on September 18, 2015 Your Inner Will
Perceiving beauty is a skill we can develop.

Pristine Pleasures

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 How To Do Life
Instant balms for our complicated lives.

Women by Design, Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 Design on My Mind
A patchwork of life experiences lies just beneath the surface of our outdoor and indoor places. Do you want to reveal this rich tapestry of life?

Will the Obama Girls Stay Up Late for Miss America 2016?

What does Vanessa Williams' return to the Miss America Pageant say about our changing society?

As the Seasons Change

We need to trust our process and reap what we sow.

Can Botox Treat Depression? Facial Expression Can Cure You

The authors conclude that their clinical trial shows facial expressions associated with depression are not just the consequences of low mood. In fact, they may be integral components of the disorder, and may therefore be targeted with much benefit as an entirely new approach to the treatment of clinically low mood.

Which Hair Color Induces the 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 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...

7 Reasons You Need to Live a More Awesome Life

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on August 15, 2015 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 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 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 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.