Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
In terms of predicting who you may be getting together with, proximity is the basis of
getting together. You are much more likely to get together with someone from your class
than someone who lives somewhere else. You must be in the same space. Similarity is also
important. When we find someone with similarity, we have a common ground for
proceeding in conversation. The more fluid conversation is, the more pleasant it will be for
you. What certain communications mean are up for debate.
Evolutionary people say that there must be attractors constant across the species in order
to survive. These indicators should be reflective of your reproductive potential.
Anything indicative of health and youth will be attractive to the male. But too baby-like is
bad. The shape of the body is also a good indicator. Healthy looks are important for females
as well. We are engineered to think this way because we don’t want to mate with someone
who will not be an effective partner following the birth of the child. For females, they also
want to see strength in their counterparts.
Physical Attractiveness: Getting Drawn In
Features attractive to one group of people are likely to be attractive to others. What seems
to be different across cultures is how you will be decorating your body to increase
Is Beauty a Subjective Quality?
Depending on the environmental context, either thinness or largeness will be attractive.
This has to do with the type of resources available. If you are in a time of plenty, being thin
is attractive. If you are in a time of scarce resources, then being big is more attractive.
Is Beauty an Objective Quality?
Evolutionary psychologists argue that there has to be. This fits with evolutionary thinking,
that there has to be some universal attractiveness scale.
Is the physical…
It is likely that experiences of good looking people will lead to better social skills. Also, we
will try to milk the good attention based on an attribute as much as we can.
The benefits and costs of beauty
Often attractive individuals will have challenges on self esteem due to the point on the slide.
We know that taking personal credit for our accomplishments plays a role on self esteem
and self worth.
Other costs of beauty
Some pressure can lead to detriment to health.
You are most likely to pair up with someone of a matching attractiveness to you. Example:
social psych class was randomly paired up for a dance, and then afterwards they were asked to rate h