A new study by the European Journal of Psychology reveals that the more attractive people are, the more likely they’re accepting of others.
In the study, 119 people were rated on their attractiveness by an independent panel. Then, that sample group was then given a Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) test in which they rated their levels of self-actualization in categories like inner-directiveness, sociability and self-acceptance and capacity for intimate contact. People who were rated as more attractive scored significantly higher in 7 of the 12 POI categories.
Researches believe this results from a halo effect. More attractive people are perceived “to be warmer, stronger, more poised, flexible in their thoughts, mentally healthy, intelligent, socially skilled and more successful in their careers than those considered physically unattractive.” Because attractive people are treated as though they have certain qualities, they often grow to posses those qualities.
So there you go, more reasons to crawl up inside yourself and become hateful and jealous. Unless you’re hot, in which case, this totally doesn’t phase you.
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