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

Love and the Fear of Loss

Love is magnificent to experience and incredibly painful to lose. This very reality may leave you guarded against love; but you have the power to open back up to it.

Do We Really Want to Be "Ageless"?

By Kristin Hultgren on February 08, 2016 The Greatest Chapter
In our fountain-of-youth society, do we really want to be "ageless"? It's time for a critical examination of "ageless" marketing and media.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

Scientific Reasons Fans Still Hate Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks

Dr. John Paul Garrison pulls lessons from empirical science to discuss why people continue to express such irritation toward Star Wars prequel character Jar Jar Binks.

Positive Attitudes About Aging May Be a "Fountain of Youth"

A new study on aging found that "attitude is everything" in terms of staying young, or aging prematurely. Positive self-perceptions about getting older may slow the aging process.

The Loss of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 The Pursuit of Peace
One of the great stories of our time has largely went untold: the loss of awe. Routines have replaced astonishment. However, individuals can take steps toward greater awe.

Why Choose Cosmetic Surgery?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 24, 2016 A Sideways View
Attractive people get treated in life more favourably than unattractive people. Unfair but true. Is this why people choose cosmetic surgery to attempt to make them more attractive?

Do Women Prefer Handsome Men or Helpful Men?

Women are attracted to men who are altruistic and good looking. But, if you had to choose, which would be more important to you?

Declutter NOW! How Prospect Theory Clutters Up Our Closets

Do you have trouble decluttering your home or office? We tend to over-value most items and it can be painful to let go of things we don't really need!

Carrie Fisher: Is She Aging Well?

Carrie Fisher has become a source of media focus, but for all the wrong reasons.

Inside Every Overweight Woman...

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on December 29, 2015 Eating Mindfully
We are told that every overweight woman is just waiting for a better self to emerge. But what about loving yourself, at your current weight, now?

I'm Attracted to the Wrong Person

What To Do If You Are Attracted To Your Mother

And the Winner Is... Miss Universe 2016

Why are so many people (especially non-pageant fans) fascinated by the mis-crowning?

Are Tattooed Women Really More Promiscuous?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 14, 2015 All About Sex
Men think that tattoos signal women's sexual availability. Think again.

Which Accent Do We Trust Most (and Find Sexiest)?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on December 13, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Not all foreign accents impact us in the same way--there is one we clearly prefer. Read on to learn more:

Adele's Hello: Meaning Making in Secular Ways

How does one making meaning and life an excellent life in today's world? Adele and other artists shine light into those dark corners.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

From "#thinsperation" to the "Bikini Body," there is an abundance of "products" that are endorsed by celebrities and "experts" who perpetuate the "thin body ideal." The impact of this message on society is troubling, ranging from body image problems to serious eating disorders. One nutrition and health psychology expert shares an open letter about this disturbing reality.

Think Pink for Girls

The Bank of Costa Rica announced the opening of pink banks for women with the slogan, posted on billboards all over San Jose, "NoWoman Is Complicated." I know where I am geographically, but I think I have fallen out of time to a much earlier century.

The Passions of Peter Muller: Math and Music

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Brick by Brick
Peter Muller explains the importance of following our passions.

Don’t Believe the Hype - Dad Bods Are Not Sexy

By Ryan Anderson on November 23, 2015 The Mating Game
Is the 'dad bod' really attractive? Have we really been lied to since, forever?

Beauty and Fear: Thanksgiving From a Different Perspective

The act of giving can be enhanced when you give from a cup that runneth over, from knowing the true nature of inner beauty. Looking at Thanksgiving from a different perspective.

Why Are Media Beauty Ideals Toxic for Our Daughters?

It is important for parents to know that there is a direct relationship between the amount of time that girls spend viewing media images and whether or not they will have negative body image. And we know that negative body image is related to many other problems like low self-esteem, depression, excessive dieting, and eating disorders. Some practical strategies to try.

The Continuous Nature of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 The Pursuit of Peace
Conceptualizing awe as a continuous variable may clarify the concept and provide individuals with different applications to life enrichment.

Sexual Equality: Are You in the 1 Percent or the 99 Percent?

Everyone wants to have more or better sex, but some people find it easier than others. What's more, this is not often based on merit or virtue, but instead on factors such as looks and status, which are based largely on luck. Should we be more worried about this type of "sexual inequality"? Let's ask philosopher Patricia Marino to help us sort through these issues.

Life After 55 When Your Death Is No Longer Unexpected

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 Obesely Speaking
In life change is constant and aging is unavoidable, but you will always be you.

Eating Garlic Makes Men Smell More Attractive

New research from psychologists in Scotland and the Czech Republic has revealed that eating this sulfurous bulb could improve your body odor.

The Personality Profile of the Selfie-Addict

Psychologists from Germany and Poland reveal the personality traits of men and women who can't help posting selfies online.

Life Lessons from Jerry Twomey and His Old Rose

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 How To Do Life
A true story with implications for us all.

Feeling Hormonal? Slap on the Makeup

Women use more cosmetics when their testosterone levels are high, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Glasgow.

The Quietly Burning Earth

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 The Green Mind
Fires are raging out of control in Indonesia today, decimating vast areas of forests. Journalist George Monbiot writes, “A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature.” Our search for food made with cheap palm oil means we all have a hand in this “eco-apocalypse.”