The Relationship Between Physical Attractiveness and the Attribution of Positive Personality Traits.

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The relationship between physical attractiveness and the attribution of positive personality traits. This study was devised as a way to determine whether or not physical attractiveness has an effect on one’s perception of positive personality traits in another. The study used printed images of two female faces and asked participants to each rate one female on five different personality traits. The Results showed that participants were more likely to attribute more positive personality traits to the image deemed to be more physically attractive. As a race, Humans have a drive to be in the company of others, selecting whom to be in the company of and why has been of interest to researching psychologists for many years. Many researchers believe that proximity is of high influence, studies show that individuals are more likely to befriend those that live nearby (Festinger et al, 1950) and that increased exposure to said person will cause notable tendency to that person’s image when grouped with others(Zajonc, 1968)). It has also been shown that psychical attractiveness can have an effect on whether an individual is liked, this has been demonstrated in several studies; in one such study teachers were shown pictures of children, those deemed to be more attractive were rated by the teachers as being more intelligent and more likely to succeed in class (Clifford & Walster, 1973), Chaiken (1979) showed that members of the public were more willing to sign a petition when it was presented by an attractive person and a study conducted in the nineties showed that judges were more lenient with “attractive” suspects (Downs & Lyons, 1991). The results of these studies can be explained by the “beauty is good” theory proposed by Dion, Berscheid and Walster (1972). The theory states that individuals make judgements about a “person’s character and personality simply from

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