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

What a Difference a Friend Can Make

Do you have a friend who has changed your life?

Seeing Beauty

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 17, 2016 in On Having Fun
Are things like beauty, love, fun, joy and faith aspects of an alternate reality?

What Would You Discover in the "Happiness Museum"?

By Meg Selig on October 13, 2016 in Changepower
What if there were a "Happiness Museum?" Here is what you might find inside--all based on the latest studies about positive emotion and happiness. Get happy here!

How Long Does the Present Last?

How long is the present moment? It depends on how you look at it.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

A response to Marty Nemko's blogpost On Being Unattractive.

On Being Unattractive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
Upsides, downsides, and what you might do.

Buying Lipstick in Tough Times: It’s Not About Landing a Man

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Living Single
When economic times are tough, women buy more products that enhance their appearance. New research shows they are trying to be more professional, not more seductive.

Why Is It So Much Fun to Get a Box in the Mail?

By Donna Barstow on October 01, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Many of us order things online that we wouldn't think of getting at the store. Why? Curiosity!

Are Subscription Boxes Bad for Your Health? Maybe!

By Donna Barstow on September 30, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
The hidden mysteries of shopping online: Subscription boxes!

The Secret to Outsmarting Your Acne

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Learn how the foods you eat control the hormones governing your skin. Recent science reveals three powerful dietary strategies that get to the root of your acne problem.

What Would a Talking Mirror Say to You?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What does your reflection tell you about who you are? Should you trust it?

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.