Factors of Attractiveness

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Growing up children get drilled different moral sayings, one of which is “beauty comes from within” but does it really? The answer is no, we are drawn in by physical appearance then later personality comes into play. When intrigued by someone’s appearance so much that it draws one person to another this is attraction. There are certain aspects off a person appearance that make them attractive to multiple people, things like facial symmetry and body size ratios this is their attractiveness. Upon looking at someone we do not know we are analyzing their facial symmetry or the ratio of their head to shoulders because it’s instinct. It’s a variety of different factors that come together to produce what an individual recognize as attractiveness. This paper will include these factors of attractiveness from a psychological stance, three different articles will be examined and brought together to assist in understanding attractiveness. In the first article “Symmetry and perceived facial attractiveness: A monozygotic co-twin comparison”, the author Linda Mealy suggests that facial symmetry has a big role in attractiveness. She brings attention to the fact that facial attractiveness plays just as great of a role in sex selection as physical attractiveness when looking for potential mates. There are certain facial feature that are deemed “attractive” in each of the sexes that unknowingly influence human sex selection. These are indicators on the face that comes along with puberty and increase with sexual maturity. Indicators like, “high levels of testosterone in the young male lead to growth of the lower face and jaw; both chin length and chin width are important determinants of perceptions of male attractiveness. While high levels of estroge... ... middle of paper ... ...om within it just happens to be that beauty that predicts a person attractiveness to the outside world. Works Cited Blanckenhorn. "Fluctuating assymetry, body size, and sexual selection." Size and Symmetry 1998: 735-753. Web. Mealey, L. "Symmetry and Perceived Facial Attractiveness : A Monozygotic Co-Twin Comparison." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (1999): 151-158. Document. Sheppard, Leah. "The effect of target attractiveness and rating method on the accuracy of trait ratings." Journal of Personnel Psychology, Vol 10 (2011): 24-33. Print. Singh, Devendra. "Adaptive significance of female physical attractiveness: Role of waist-to-hip ratio." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (1993): 293-307. Print. Weeden, Jason. "Physical Attractiveness and Health in Western Societies: A Review." Psychological Bulletin, Vol 131 (2005): 635-653. Print.
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