We’ve all known someone who’s so gorgeous that they can get away with being mean to everyone. But it turns out that inner beauty really does matter, even when we’re looking at outer beauty. As a team of Monmouth University researchers found, an individual’s personality can actually affect how we perceive their physical attractiveness.
In 2007, study participants were asked to view photos of members of the opposite sex and rate their attractiveness. First, the participants were not given any information about the models’ personalities. But once they were told about character traits-positive ones like honesty and kindness, and negative ones like rudeness and prejudice-it greatly influenced how beautiful and romantically desirable the models were considered.
Lead researcher Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. says this study should remind people that “personality goes a long way toward determining your attractiveness; it can even change people’s impressions of how good-looking you are.”
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